What would Wally Hickel Do?
For background: Alaska’s statehood convention knew Natural Resources had to be developed for an economic base. The point was made early by Alaska’s delegate to Congress, Bob Bartlett, in his key note speech to the delegates: …fifty years from now, the people of Alaska may very well judge the product of this Convention not by the decisions taken upon issues like local government, apportionment, and the structure and powers of the three branches of government, but rather by the decisions taken upon the vital issue of resource policy.
Then there is the pugilist Hickel:
“What some idealists don’t realize is that the color of the environment is not just green. It is real. A person who is cold, hungry and unemployed is in an ugly environment. Poverty is the worst enemy of the environment. My question is, what has the Sierra Club ever done for the poor?” Hickel said.