The Juneau Assembly voted to affirm its commitment to climate action on Monday — but not without a fight.
“We need to continue to understand and predict what is coming – what might be coming – and how climate will change over the next century, which is vital to our economy and to our community,” said University of Alaska Southeast Professor Jim Powell, a former Juneau Assemblyman.
In a bid to win over some skeptical Assembly members, Assemblywoman Maria Gladziszewski amended her resolution to drop references to groups that overtly criticized the Trump administration’s denial of climate science.
There was still opposition. Deputy Mayor Jerry Nankervis argued the Assembly had no business interjecting into a national debate over climate change.
“We’ve got plenty of things to be doing locally and it’s not to make a statement about what the federal government is or isn’t doing,” Nankervis said.
Assembly women Debbie White and Mary Becker also voted to oppose the resolution that passed 6-3.
Juneau now joins more than 300 U.S. cities pledging support for the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
- Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were caught off guard when Anchorage Republican Rep. Joshua Revak posted a two-minute video of the oath on social media.
- Alaskans who received permanent fund dividends in 2016 — and who still live in the state — would receive the back payment for 2016 this year.
- The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development announced Tuesday that it will recognize the UAA students who meet licensure requirements during the 2019 spring and summer semesters.
- It was spurred by Interior's decision last week to bring in 40 employees to work on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's national offshore oil leasing plan. That plan, as initially drafted, would open up far more of Alaska's federal waters to oil development.