Lisa Murkowski

Senator of Alaska


Lisa, born on May 22, 1957, is the Republican senator from Alaska. She was appointed to the senate by her father, former governor Frank Murkowski, in 2002 and continues to serve in Congress.

Lisa went to Georgetown University and earned a Bachelors in economics and then worked as an attorney from 1989 to 1998. In 1998, Murkowski was elected into the Alaska house of Representative and named as house Majority Leader for the 2003-2004 session.

Keystone XL Pipeline

The Keystone Pipeline is used to transport synthetic crude oil from Canada to the United States, mostly to refineries in the Gulf Coast. The XL extension was proposed in 2008, however, in 2010 the Environmental Protection Agency deemed the addition inadequate and should be revised before being approved. The extension have a huge impact on the environment and disturb the land and sensitive resources of the state of Nebraska.

The XL Pipeline is a 1700 mile, $7 billion project that would bring 700,000 barrels of tar to the United States. This project will create 13,000 construction jobs and 7,000 manufacturing jobs.

Lisa and the Pipeline

Lisa Murkowski is a strong supporter of the extension and believes that the decision to reapply is "a second chance to do the right thing". Lisa has three strong reasons to want the proposal to be approved:

  • It is great for the U.S. economy
  • It would bring oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast easily
  • It would pick up American oil produce in Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska

She also believes that if the Keystone was approved it would give millions of Americans jobs, which is a current issue in the United States. Lisa believes that the longer the decision is delayed the less likely there will be a supply of energy for those who cannot always fully provide for themselves.

Lastly, it is believed that it will strengthen the bond with Canada. Because of the increasing need for oil, Canada has many different option of countries they could invest and sell to. However, if this is passed, it will show that we are still strong with Canada and working together.