The U.S. is falling behind other Arctic Council nations in terms of exploring energy reserves in the Arctic region, said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. "On par with the other Arctic nations, we are behind -- behind in our thinking, behind in our vision. We lack basic infrastructure, basic funding commitments to be prepared for the level of activity expected in the Arctic," she said. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the White House will "release an implementation plan for our Arctic strategy in the coming months" and that it recognizes the need to boost investment in the region.
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