As a business owner I built my business by doing research and formulating a business plan based on facts. That is why I believe we should be honest about causes and effects of climate change. 98% of data and scientists agree about the causes of climate change; thus in congress we should pursue legislation that is based on facts and that gives priority to development of Alaska’s cleaner energy resources. Denying climate change and the causes of climate change will not make arctic ice melt slower, or protect our coastal communities from erosion and flooding. Climate change denial enables dirty fuels like coal and shale oil to undercut Alaska’s energy production.
I disagree with Don Young ‘s support for the lower 48 coal industry and Keystone pipeline. Developing coal in the lower 48 devalues our natural gas resources and damages our environment. Further, developments like the Keystone pipeline flood the US market with cheap Canadian shale oil and makes oil development in Alaska less economically feasible.
I disagree with Don Young ‘s support for the Pebble mine development, which is a clear example of the dangers of placing politics above science and the democratic will of Alaskans. I have travelled and worked in Bristol Bay, so I know the danger this mine poses to the fishing industry and Alaska Native People who depend on salmon to provide food and income for their families. Alaskans have spoken on the issue of Pebble mine and overwhelmingly said “No” to development of this mine.
In these tough economic times we need to be smart and not cling onto failed and outdated ideology that ignores environmental realities and damages Alaska’s economic future.