Kelly Tshibaka continues to unveil her “It’s Time for a Change” agenda
Alaska Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka today unveiled principles and proposals to boost the state’s resource industries, including energy, timber, and mining, while also protecting the environment. Alaskan workers in these sectors have been under continuous assault from President Joe Biden, who has been enabled by incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski throughout his entire administration. Tshibaka, who is challenging Murkowski in the 2022 Senate race in Alaska, added the plans to her “It’s Time for a Change” agenda available on her website.
“Lisa Murkowski opposed President Donald Trump in both of his elections, even though his policies were the best for Alaska. And once she got Joe Biden in office, she voted to confirm over 90 percent of his cabinet nominees, who are enacting his energy-annihilating, job killing, anti-Alaska agenda,” Tshibaka said. “Our senior senator has put in place all of the D.C. insider bureaucrats who never stop attacking Alaska workers and families, which is why Alaskans everywhere agree that it’s time for a change.”
As part of her “It’s Time for a Change” agenda, Tshibaka’s platform includes the following pledges related to resource industries:
I will work to develop affordable energy solutions in rural Alaska. I will push to reopen domestic energy production, develop affordable renewable energy alternatives, and make us energy independent again.
I will work to increase American investment in our energy industry. We must showcase our environmentally-conscious Alaskan companies and demonstrate how investment in Alaska provides a greater return than investment in foreign countries.
I will fight for a Predictable, Understandable, Reliable and Equitable (P.U.R.E.) federal permitting process for our businesses. Without certainty in permitting procedures, businesses cannot adequately plan for the future.
I will support expediting the permitting process for mineral production on public lands and protect the livelihoods of our Alaskan miners by stopping the federal government from handicapping our sovereignty and state’s right to responsibly develop our own resources. The United States is vulnerable through its dependency on China and other nations for rare earth minerals. These minerals are critical to advanced technology, renewable energy, and defense manufacturing.
I will support logging in Alaska, including accessing the Tongass. It's critical to our economy, getting our jobs back, and developing affordable housing.
I will push for the economic growth opportunities that will help conserve our environment. Poverty is the gravest threat to the environment, while steady economic growth makes environmental progress and conservation investments possible.
I will support private sector development of sustainable energy projects in Alaska. Alaska is an innovative center for sustainable energy solutions. These opportunities present great economic, environmental, and cost savings benefits for Alaskans.
“Over and over again, Lisa Murkowski sides with her elite Washington, D.C. friends at the expense of working people in Alaska,” Tshibaka said. “It’s time for a change, so that we have a senator who represents the voices of Alaska, instead of the voices Murkowski hears at her D.C. cocktail parties, in the White House, or at Vice President Kamala Harris’ residence. As senator, I will represent Alaska to D.C., rather than representing the D.C. insiders to Alaska.”
Tshibaka, who was born and raised in Alaska, has spent her career exposing fraud and abuse in government and served as Commissioner of Administration for the State of Alaska until she stepped down to announce her campaign. Her father was a union electrician and Vietnam War veteran, and her mother was one of the first workers at the startup of Prudhoe Bay, one of Alaska's large oil fields. Her parents were homeless for a time in the 1970s but fought their way into the working class.
Tshibaka graduated from Steller Secondary School in Anchorage and was the first in her family to pursue a college degree, beginning her studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage before graduating from college and law school. She lives in Anchorage with her husband, Niki, and their five children.