Obama’s energy remark baffles Alaska senators

By Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media. 

In his final State of the Union address last night, President Obama never mentioned Alaska or the Arctic, but for a state that’s as dependent on oil as Alaska is, one passage really stood out. It baffled both of Alaska’s senators.

The passage begins with Obama saying it’s time to accelerate the move away from “dirtier” energy.

“Rather than subsidize the past, we should invest in the future, especially in communities that rely on fossil fuels. We do them no favor when we don’t show them where the trends are going. That’s why I’m going to push to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources so that they better reflect the cost they impose on taxpayers, and the planet.”