Anchorage Daily News - 1/21/01
BETTER THAN NOTHING
CARA GETS EVEN LIGHTER; AND SO DOES ALASKA'S SHARE
Compared to Alaska Rep. Don Young's sweeping Conservation and Reinvestment Act, the compromise dubbed "CARA lite" had a short reach. Estimates had Alaska getting $85 million this year for conservation and help for coastal communities.
More recent number crunching has cut the state's take of the compromise to $50 million.
That's lighter, all right, but no cause for weeping. The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward stands to get $10 million, and the state will have $13 million for coastal programs.
Rep. Young and Sen. Frank Murkowski still haven't abandoned the goal of long-term legislation to link offshore oil and gas development and conservation programs. In the meantime, Alaska has about $50 million in federal money to invest in good programs.
Be informed! Don't allow yourself to be snowed by CARA.
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