AP Interview: Lt. Gov. calls for US icebreakers

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell says his state has more coastline than the rest of the country and deserves the same level of Coast Guard response, especially with shipping lanes opening in northern waters.

Treadwell will testify Thursday before a congressional subcommittee that America needs polar-class icebreakers to keep pace with the rest of the world in a changing Arctic.

Treadwell says warming in the Arctic will increase accessibility but ice will continue to be a hazard. He says the Coast Guard needs icebreakers so that it can function in all conditions.

Treadwell will be on a panel that includes the Coast Guard commandant before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation chaired by New Jersey Republican Frank LoBiondo.