President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord drew muted reactions from Alaska officials on Thursday.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski told reporters she’s “agnostic” on the Paris accord itself. But, she said, she hopes the U.S. won’t “fall back” in its efforts to address climate change, adding that Alaskans are already seeing impacts.
Gov. Bill Walker released a statement highlighting the effects of climate change across the state, but he stopped short of criticizing President Trump’s decision.
In his statement, Walker said shrinking sea ice and coastal erosion are causing “social and economic upheaval,” adding that the communities of Shishmaref, Kivalina and Newtok are “literally washing into the ocean.” And he noted that erosion and thawing permafrost will affect military installations across the state.
Alaska hasn’t seen any official statewide policy initiatives on climate change since an effort under former Governor Sarah Palin, nearly a decade ago. Democrats in the state House introduced a bill this spring to create a statewide climate change commission, but the bill never made it to a vote on the floor and faced opposition from Republicans in the state Senate.
The state was exempted from the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s hallmark climate policy under the Paris agreement. But the Walker administration has indicated it hopes to advance some kind of state climate policy this year.
- Lobaugh wrote in a report released Tuesday that the video showed Wilson held his cellphone about one to two feet away from the hemline of the aide’s skirt for four seconds.
- Chilkoot Indian Association members would like to see more Native art made by Native people for sale and on display in Haines. And they’d like to see less Native-style art made by people who aren’t tribal members.
- Peterson wrote that it is unlikely the state will be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Wilson acted with the specific intent to harass or annoy Herz.
- The team's job is to come up with recommendations for how Alaska should deal with climate change.