Engaged On Energy


Happy New Year, and welcome to this week’s Engaged on Energy! I’m Rick Whitbeck, and I hope you had a blessed and relaxing holiday season. Now, we’re onto 2022, and it is time to talk about resolutions and resolve. Not the ‘I’m going to lose x number of pounds this year’ type, but ones that go beyond ourselves, and instead, focus on helping create the type of Alaska and Wyoming we’ll be happy to leave to future generations.


As you know, both of our states feature some of the most incredible natural wonders in the world. Whether it is the grandeur of Old Faithful or the wonders of the mud volcano area of Yellowstone, or majestic Denali National Park and the thousands-of-years-old spruce trees in the Tongass National Forest, our states are destinations on a bucket list for millions of travelers each year. We are blessed to live here, and the pride we have in our states’ beauty is palpable.


So, too, is the pride we have for keeping our areas of natural beauty…well, beautiful. We must continue to be generous stewards of our environment for this and future generations. Our goal is to strike an appropriate balance between having the highest quality of life that traditional energy sources provide as well as a clean and cared for environment. It’s not an “either or” situation. It’s about balance.


We understand that areas of our state, while scenic in their own ways, are sources of progress. An oil rig or mining jobsite can be a wonderful location to tens of thousands of our friends and neighbors who feed their families through the jobs those locations provide. Those areas shouldn’t be demonized. They should be celebrated.


So as we dive right into 2022, let’s have our resolve focus on keeping our states both beautiful and productive. We’ll be much, much better off if we do.


That’ll do it for this week’s Engaged on Energy. Drop me an email at Rick@PowerTheFuture.com with comments or suggestions for a future segment. Thanks for watching, and have a fantastic, energy-filled week, everyone. Good night.