Alaska Governor Has Dumbest Idea Ever for Handling Climate Change

If youíve ever wondered whether environmental issues have improved in the state of Alaska since Governor Sarah Palin left office, prepare to be disappointed. While sitting Governor Bill Walker, an Independent, actually acknowledges that climate change is harming his state, his proposed solution for that problem is†a real head-scratcher.

In an interview with the BBC, Walker said that itís imperative that Alaska drill for more oil in order to generate the money necessary to tackle the climate change problems that threaten the state.

Yes, you read that correctly. Walker wants his state to participate in activity that will surely intensify the effects of climate change in his state so he can pay to fix the existing problems from climate change. Thatís like someone in credit card debt signing up for new credit cards in order to pay off the old ones Ė itís not an effective solution.

Admittedly, Walker is right about the challenges his state is facing because of climate change. Rising sea levels are a major threat to a dozen of Alaskaís remote, coastal communities. Currently, itís evident that one of those villages, Kivalina, will need to be relocated before it completely goes underwater; unfortunately, moving everything and everybody will likely cost $100 million.

Certainly, thatís a lot of money, so I can sympathize with Walkerís frantic plan to come up with the resources to fund a large-scale evacuation. At the same time, thereís no way that making a choice that will inevitably put the other coastal cities at risk as well can be considered a smart decision.

Walkerís plan is even more controversial when you realize that he specifically wants to start drilling in the Arctic National Wilderness Refuge that the Obama administration has set aside for protection. Even if drilling were the solution to Alaskaís problem, singling out federally protected land canít help.

Itís depressing that politicians so often think in the immediate since they have to appeal to their constituents in the short term. Generating more money will help fix some of the problems now, but it will also exacerbate the problems for future generations of Alaskans. However, thatíll be for some other politician to figure out!

Really, it might be time for Alaska to devise a new plan to raise funds. Currently, the state does not implement either an income tax or a sales tax. Instead, Alaska has relied almost entirely (nearly 90 percent) on taxes it generates from the oil and gas industry. However, now that the cost of oil has dropped dramatically, the state finds itself in a financial shortfall.

It is pivotal that Governor Walker drop Palinís ďdrill, baby, drill!Ē attitude if he wants to help safeguard the people of Alaska from climate catastrophe.

Photo Credit: James Brook

83 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Angela Roquemore
Angela Roquemore2 years ago

All politicians re idiots, some are just more idiotic than the rest... .

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Edith B.
Edith B2 years ago

A dumb governor from Alaska, how can that beeeee? Sarcasm, of course,

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Cynthia Brickner
Cindy Brickner2 years ago

To me, the most important point made here is that environmental policies must ultimately be long term. We can no longer think only about the most expedient, inexpensive, popular solutions!

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Barbara T2 years ago

LEAVE ALL FOSSIL FUELS IN THE GROUND.
82% of Fossil Fuel Reserves must be LEFT IN THE GROUND - 82%! -
if we are to avert Climate CATASTROPHE due to Global Warming.
NO MORE drilling, coal mining, fracking,
and transporting, leaking and spilling and exploding,
and BURNING and spewing into the Atmosphere.
NO MORE exploration for new sources!
This should be Environmentalists' MANTRA:
LEAVE FOSSIL FUELS IN THE GROUND.
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Leave the OIL IN THE SOIL
the Coal in the Hole
the Tar Sands in the Land.
Eliminate ALL use and extraction of Dirty Fossil Fuels for Energy, NOW! ASAP
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Support the International DIVESTMENT Movement.
DIVEST from Dirty Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power.
This Movement is HUGE and is having its effect!
It's something we can ALL get behind and continue to encourage.

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M s2 years ago

gov bill walker of alaska should be REMOVED from OFFICE!!
more drilling and slaughtering of wildlife is his agenda
SHAME on BILL WALKER_Gov of ALASKA!!! Get him OUT OF OFFICE Alaska!
he is ruining your state,mass killing your animals and depleting you of all your resources Gov bill walker is POISONING alaskas water, air and soil WAKE up ALASKA!!!!

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Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons2 years ago

Greed knows no bounds.

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Paulinha Russell
Paulinha Russell2 years ago

Thank you

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Charles Wallis
Charles Wallis2 years ago

Dumb Alaskan Governors?!?!? NO WAY!

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Beverly S.
Beverly S2 years ago

@ Freddy. It boggles my mind how you and your ilk can justify FF drilling, burning.
Even if you don't "believe" climate change is man-made, how can you condone our unceasingly contributing to it?

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