Alaska's rich history of oil and gas development traces back to the early 1970s, when oil reserves were discovered at Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope of Alaska.
We live in an increasingly complex world in which reliance on foreign energy sources is a threat to our energy security -- and national security.
Alask's offshore energy esources can increase energy security and drive new jobs. These resources can also add billions of dollars in revenue to fund schools, roads and other much-needed services.
It is imperative that the industry, in coordination with citizens and policymakers, work together to maintain America's position as a global leader.