WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Leaders from around the country are gathering in Washington this week to discuss updating the nation’s infrastructure. The 11th North American Infrastructure Leadership Forum, put on by CG/LA Infrastructure, looks at different areas of need, and Alaska has a key voice in the discussion.
Senator Murkowski (R-AK) was a keynote speaker at this year's North American Infrastructure Leadership Forum. (Source: Gray DC)
At this infrastructure summit featuring keynote speeches from several prominent leaders, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) used her time to discuss a topic dear to Alaska: energy dominance.
The senator recognized her state’s abundant natural resources, and how a lack of infrastructure impacts its products being shipped around the world. Murkowski says she is frustrated that the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Pipeline project is held up in Alaska as it goes through a regulatory process.
“It’s one thing to be able to demonstrate that you can produce the resource but you got to be able to move it to the consumer,” said Murkowski.
Murkowski’s larger point at the conference was the need for the U.S. to maintain its current position as an energy superpower. She says as the U.S. innovates in the energy sector, the rest of the world is doing the same. Murkowski thinks improved infrastructure will keep the U.S. a step ahead.
“We should not assume that just because we are in the lead that we maintain that lead,” said Murkowski.
The leadership forum focuses on different infrastructure needs around the country including roads, bridges, water, digital, and more. Norm Anderson, CG/LA chairman and CEO says the purpose of the forum is to highlight projects around the country. He is also shining a light on how slowly infrastructure upgrades are moving.
“We’ve got a real issue and it’s not going anywhere at all. We need to get moving,” said Anderson.
The leadership forum comes to a close Wednesday.
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