2018-05-15. ‘Impossible to Ignore’: Why Alaska Is Crafting a Plan to Fight Climate Change.

posted May 16, 2018, 2:58 PM by Alan Gould
By Brad Plummer, The New York Times. For GSS Climate Change chapter 9. Excerpt: WASHINGTON — In the Trump era, it has mainly been blue states that have taken the lead on climate change policy, with liberal strongholds like California and New York setting ambitious goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Now, at least one deep-red state could soon join them: Alaska, a major oil and gas producer, is crafting its own plan to address climate change. Ideas under discussion include cuts in state emissions by 2025 and a tax on companies that emit carbon dioxide. While many conservative-leaning states have resisted aggressive climate policies, Alaska is already seeing the dramatic effects of global warming firsthand, making the issue difficult for local politicians to avoid. The solid permafrost that sits beneath many roads, buildings and pipelines is starting to thaw, destabilizing the infrastructure above. At least 31 coastal towns and cities may need to relocate, at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars, as protective sea ice vanishes and fierce waves erode Alaska’s shores.... https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/15/climate/alaska-climate-change.html
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