These states have ‘no choice’ but to sue CDC over restrictions: Alaska gov

VANCOUVER. CRUISES HALTED RIGHT NOW BUT FIRST COME ON IN GOVERNOR MIKE DUNLEVY, TELL ME ABOUT YOUR PLAN TO VACCINATE TOURISTS. THEY GET A JAB FREE IF THEY COME TO YOUR STATE. >> THANKS FOR HAVING ME ON. IN ANCHORAGE, JUNEAU AND JUNE 1ST IF YOU COME TO ALASKA AND YOU WANT A VACCINATION WE HAVE EVERYTHING SET UP AT THOSE AIRPORTS AND GET YOUR VACCINATIONS AND IF YOU STAY FOR SEVERAL WEEKS YOU CAN GET THE OTHER VACCINATION AND IF YOU COMPLETE YOUR VACCINATION IN THE GREATEST STATE IN THE COUNTRY — >> I'VE BEEN TO ALASKA MANY TIMES.

THE SIZE OF ALASKA IS STUNNING, ABSOLUTELY FAST AS YOU CAN TELL ME THE VIRTUE OF ALASKA ANY TIME, I WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT ALASKA AND THE GREEN NEW DEAL. SEEMS TO ME IT IS A REAL KILLER FOR YOU GUYS, SORRY TO SAY THAT. WOULD SAY YOU DO. >> WE ARE AN OIL AND GAS STATE. WE ARE ALSO A CALL STATE. WHAT IS INTERESTING AS WE MOVE TOWARDS RENEWALS, RENEWABLE ENERGY, YOU WILL NEED THE ELEMENTS, THE METALS, THE MATERIALS TO DO THAT TO MAKE YOUR LITHIUM BATTERIES. IT WAS MARCH 11TH, THERE WAS A NEWS ARTICLE THAT SAID THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION WAS MEETING WITH THE CANADIANS AND HAD A CONVERSATION TO GET MOST OF THE METAL FROM CANADA, THEY WERE NOT GOING TO DO IN THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS SO IN A STATE LIKE ALASKA, DO ALL YOU CAN TO STOP OIL AND GAS AND VERY LITTLE TO PROMOTE MINING WHICH WE HAVE PLENTY OF THESE MINERALS, MINERALS TO USE FOR THE GREEN NEW DEAL SO FOR ALASKA THIS IS A NEW BAD DEAL.

STUART: FLORIDA'S LAWSUIT, NO SALE ORDER FOR CRUISES. THAT AFFECTS YOU. HOW BIG A DEAL IS CRUISING FOR THE ALASKAN ECONOMY? >> HUGE. WE WILL LOSE 3 TO $4 BILLION AS A RESULT OF THE CDC DECISION IN AN ECONOMY THAT WAS A $56 BILLION GDP DOWN IN THE 40s. THIS IS CRITICAL. IT WILL BE VERY IMPACTFUL AND IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE BECAUSE THEY ARE CRUISING TO EUROPE, TO ITALY, TO GERMANY, THEIR VIRUS RATES ARE HIGHER THAN OURS, THERE VACCINATION RATES ARE LOWER, THE SAME AMERICANS — TO GO TO EUROPE WHICH MAKES NO SENSE AT ALSO WE'VE JOINED FLORIDA.

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HOURS IS A SEASONAL CRUISING SEASON. WE NEEDED TO KNOW LAST WEEK OF THE CDC WOULD CHANGE POSITION TO GET OUR CRUISES GOING IN JUNE OR JULY, SEEMS WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT THE CDC AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. STUART: DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH POLITICS? ALASKA IS A REPUBLICAN STATE, YOU ARE A REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR, THE CDC IS RUN ESSENTIALLY BY THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION WHICH IS DEMOCRAT, IS POLITICS PLAY A ROLE IN THIS? >> I HOPE NOT BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PICTURE IT IS FORMING THAT WAY. WE ARE THE ONLY REPUBLICAN STATE LEFT ON THE WEST COAST AND WE HAD A GOOD RELATIONSHIP. I THOUGHT THAT FOR SOME TIME BUT STARTING TO SEE SOMETHING CONCERNING. STUART: DID YOU SAY THE GDP HAS GONE FROM $56 BILLION INTO THE $40 BILLION RANGE? >> $40 BILLION. WE GOT SHAVED OFF BECAUSE THE OIL PRICES DROPPED IN THE TOURIST SEASON WAS BATTERED LAST YEAR, NO CRUISE SEASONS THIS YEAR.

OUR FISHING INDUSTRY WAS HURT EVEN THOUGH WE HAD A FISHING INDUSTRY. ALASKA IS A RESOURCE STATE. A LOT OF THINGS WERE CLOSED OFF LAST YEAR, CLOSE OFF THIS YEAR AGAIN..

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