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 Clinton and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar attended the ministerial.