By Ben Geman - 07/13/12 03:05 PM EDT
Begich and Murkowski strongly support offshore oil drilling in the region.
The letter says the state of Alaska should have a “meaningful role” in creating a national strategy.
It cheers several steps the administration has taken to date, such as its support for ongoing Senate efforts to ratify the Law of the Sea treaty, and high-level participation in the 2011 ministerial of the international Arctic Council, which took place in Greenland.
Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonJake Tapper rips 'shameful' Trump comments California senator defends Clinton for declining debate Sanders ad calls for 'new direction' for Dem Party MORE and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar attended the ministerial.