U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, addresses a rural energy conference on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, in Juneau, Alaska. Murkowski says high energy costs are "sapping the economic strength" of Alaska ... more 
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, addresses a rural energy conference on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, in Juneau, Alaska. Murkowski says high energy costs are "sapping the economic strength" of Alaska and its families. With the focus in Washington expected to stay on reducing federal spending, she says it will be critical for state and private funding to help fill the void and make new energy projects a reality. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Becky Bohrer
Wed, Sep 28, 2011 10:21 AM EDT