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October 07, 2022

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on the National Strategy for the Arctic Region

(Dallas, TX)—Today, the White House released the National Strategy for the Arctic Region, an update of its 2013 predecessor. This strategy is a framework to guide the federal government’s approach to tackling challenges and opportunities in the Arctic. Through its four pillars, the strategy addresses security for the U.S. and our allies, the climate crisis, improving livelihoods for local communities, and sustaining international cooperation despite Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine and its people.

“The National Strategy for the Arctic Region comes at a critical time as the Arctic continues warming faster than any other part of the globe,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “Ensuring U.S. leadership with a strong research presence in the Arctic is vital to our efforts to address local and global impacts of the warming Arctic. The Biden Administration has made great strides in advancing U.S. Arctic interests by reactivating the Arctic Executive Steering Committee and issuing the 2022-2026 Arctic Research Plan. These efforts coupled with this new national strategy reinforce our commitment to meaningful engagement with Indigenous Knowledge holders to strengthen Alaskan communities’ climate resilience, improve scientific understanding of the Arctic, make critical investments in the Arctic for today and the future, and strengthen partnerships between government, academia, private sector, and local communities. As Chairwoman of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology I will continue to support research efforts in the Arctic and work with our federal science agencies, Indigenous communities, and our non-federal partners as we move forward with this strategy.”