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Juneau, AK - Alaska Senator: Make NYC's Central Park A Wilderness Area

Published on: February 2, 2015 10:32 PM
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View of Central Park from Rockefeller Center.<br />
(Photo by Martin St-Amant via Wikimedia Commons)View of Central Park from Rockefeller Center.
(Photo by Martin St-Amant via Wikimedia Commons)

Juneau, AK - An Alaska Republican lawmaker has a suggestion of where President Barack should look for America’s next wilderness area.

State Sen. Cathy Giessel is urging Obama and Congress to acquire New York City’s Central Park and close it off to development.

It’s another example of Alaska political leaders pushing back against Obama’s plan to ask Congress to designate much of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, putting it and its potentially oil-rich coastal plain off-limits to drilling.

A similar resolution went nowhere in 2012.

Federal overreach is a big theme for the Republican-controlled Alaska Legislature this year. One state senator advocates ignoring an Interior Department rejection of a road through another refuge. Another warned in a Dr. Seuss-style poem read on the Senate floor that while Alaskans may look sweet, they’re likely “packin’ heat.”



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 Feb 02, 2015 at 10:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Too late. Central Park has been closed to development for many years; that's why the apartments surrounding it are so expensive—no one can ruin the view by building another "luxury" tower next door.

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 Feb 03, 2015 at 12:27 AM Rush Says:

sometimes you have to show absurdity by being absurd.

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 Feb 03, 2015 at 06:50 AM savtat Says:

Central Park belongs to NYC, not the Feds! Let's keep it that way.

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 Feb 03, 2015 at 08:20 AM Secular Says:

NYC is already a jungle...

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 Feb 03, 2015 at 11:12 AM Sam Says:

People, don't you realize that the Alaskan's are just using it as an analogy of the over reach of the eastern and western liberals politician. They're trying to point out that in their home states they're not doing any thing, but in someone else's we're allowed to decimate them, and that my friends is unfortunate.

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