Why Big Oil Fears This Man (EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW)
More than 50,000 signatures were gathered in the effort to put the question of repealing SB21 on the ballot in August of 2014. The massive no-strings-attached giveaway to big oil companies will drain Alaska’s coffers into the bank accounts of the wealthiest multinational corporations in the history of the world. Alaska gets nothing – no commitment to exploration, production increases, or jobs. We do get to sacrifice the future of education, infrastructure projects, parks, public safety, and other critical needs.
It’s not much of a deal.
And yet, the Parnell administration and most Republicans in the legislature voted for it, and managed to sputter and stutter out reasons they did, actually trying to convince us it’s a good idea. And they even kept a straight face, and expected we’d believe it.
Alaskans were not fooled.
After the 50,000 signatures were turned in to the Division of Elections this weekend, The Mudflats caught up with Senator Bill Wielechowski. There’s nobody more informed on the particulars of this bill in the legislature, and no one who has fought harder for Alaskans’ interest throughout the long and protracted battle. We asked him what was next in the recall effort, and what to expect from the well-funded opponents of Alaska in the next year.