Governor Forms Alaska Climate
September 15, 2007
(SitNews) - Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on Friday signed Administrative
Order 238 establishing a sub-cabinet to prepare a climate change
"Many scientists note that Alaska's climate is changing,"
Governor Palin said. "We are already seeing the effects.
Coastal erosion, thawing permafrost, retreating sea ice and record
forest fires affect our communities and our infrastructure. Some
scientists tell us to expect more changes in the future. We
must begin to prepare for those changes now."
Governor Sarah Palin
signs Administrative Order 238 establishing a
sub-cabinet to prepare a climate change strategy.
Photo courtesy Office of the Governor
The Climate Change Sub-cabinet will consolidate the state's knowledge
about the expected effects of global warming in Alaska, recommend
measures and policies to prepare our communities and residents
to respond to expected effects, and guide the state's participation
in local, regional and national efforts to curb and to respond
to global warming.
Members of the sub-cabinet include the commissioners of the Departments
of Commerce, Community and Economic Development; Environmental
Conservation; Natural Resources; Fish and Game; and Transportation
and Public Facilities. It is chaired by the Commissioner of
Administrative Order 238 also directs the sub-cabinet to consult
with the president of the University of Alaska.
"I am proud of the cutting edge work being done at the University,"
Governor Palin said. "Alaska has top-notch scientists working
on research and models that will inform and guide climate change
Other than making research available, Alaska can help the nation
in other ways. Through the administration's aggressive pursuit
of a Natural Gas Pipeline Alaska can provide a clean, domestic,
reliable source of energy for decades to come.
The state also has tremendous alternative energy potential.
The Department of Natural Resources already has a program to
find renewable energy resources around the State. The Climate
Change Sub-Cabinet will be looking at ways to develop, support
and expand renewable energy resource programs and to promote
aggressive development of renewable energy sources such as geothermal,
wind, hydroelectric, tidal, and in-stream energy.
In addition to signing the Administrative Order, the Governor
is signing a letter that adds Alaska as an observer to the Western
Climate Initiative. The Western Climate Initiative is a collaboration
launched in February 2007 between the Governors of Arizona, California,
New Mexico, Oregon and Washington to meet regional challenges
posed by climate change.
The additional steps announced today add to efforts underway.
DEC has begun working with other agencies and has formed workgroups,
started working with communities, federal agencies, the legislative
Climate Impact Assessment Commission and the Congressional Delegation.
The Governor's Washington, D.C. office is already working closely
with the Congressional Delegation on federal legislation to ensure
that Alaska benefits from any such legislation. The Palin Administration
is coordinating with the Arctic Research Commission to identify
opportunities for state involvement in research and policy matters
in the Arctic as changing conditions draw increased global attention
to this area.
Information about the State's climate change efforts will soon
be available to the public via the internet. The Climate Change
Sub-Cabinet is creating a web site on which it will post news
and information. The internet address will be http://www.climatechange.alaska.gov.
The web site will be up and running by Friday, Sept. 21, 2007.
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