Today marks the 150th anniversary of Alaska’s transfer into American ownership through the Alaska Treaty of Cession. On March 30, 1867 the U.S. purchased the Alaskan territory from Russia and it later became the 49th state. A commemoration of the 150th Treaty of Cession anniversary is taking place in Washington, D.C. today, and we at the Arctic Energy Center will be celebrating too.
Since joining the U.S., Alaska has become a major contributor to the political, cultural, and economic success of our nation. Alaska’s leaders have brought major change to the nation and have worked tirelessly to make sure Alaskan voices are heard on important issues. Local Alaskans have worked hard to preserve their community and tribal customs, and many of these traditions will be on display in Washington today. Finally, Alaska is an economic force to be reckoned with due to its resource abundance.
This resource bounty is why the Arctic Energy Center exists today. Alaska’s offshore and onshore energy reserves have been positive drivers for Alaska and America’s economies for over a century. The state has attracted companies from around the world who are looking to unearth the resources contained in the Arctic. Without Alaska, America would not know the level of energy abundance and security it enjoys today.
Alaska’s cession to the U.S. is something worth celebrating. Oil and gas has been good to Alaska, and in turn, Alaska has been good to America. The addition of the 49th state added tremendous value to America in more ways than one. The oil and natural gas industry has a long history of success in the state of Alaska, and today’s operators make it clear that this success will continue for many years to come. The Arctic Energy Center is proud to represent parts of the energy industry in Alaska. Cheers to 150 years!