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Beyond Fossil Fuel: New Report Demonstrates Alaska's Efforts

Posted by Northern Center at Oct 27, 2017 04:45 PM |

A post-oil future is possible in Alaska, according to a new report prepared for the Northern Alaska Environmental Center and Greenpeace USA by Center for a Sustainable Economy. As the Trump administration attempts to rollback protections from oil and gas development in Alaska, including in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, this report reveals that people in Alaska are advancing efforts to move beyond a fossil fuel economy.

New Report Demonstrates Alaska Communities’ Efforts to Move Beyond Fossil Fuel Economy. Policy Makers Must Support Just Transition for Alaskans.

A post-oil future is possible in Alaska, according to a new report prepared for the Northern Alaska Environmental Center and Greenpeace USA by Center for a Sustainable Economy. As the Trump administration attempts to rollback protections from oil and gas development in Alaska, including in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, this report reveals that people in Alaska are advancing efforts to move beyond a fossil fuel economy.

READ full report here. | VIEW full report here.

"The rest of the developed world has been working with renewable energy for a long time. Alaska makes the United States an Arctic nation, and we are on the front lines of climate change,” says Lisa Baraff, the program director of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center. “This report is important because it recognizes the complicated energy situations in rural villages, and highlights the work Alaskans are already doing to transition towards a just and sustainable future."

Sustainable energy, food and manufacturing, cleanup of fossil fuel infrastructure, ecosystem protection, Indigenous tourism, sustainable fisheries, and human capital investment are all areas most equipped for economic growth when paired with strategic policy, according to the report authors. Center for a Sustainable Economy recommends cutting fossil fuel subsidies, fossil fuel risk bonds, a carbon fee and dividend, climate adaptation and mitigation funds for Alaska Native tribes, and  expanding tribes’ eligibility for federal funding as  possible strategies to accelerate Alaska’s growth beyond fossil fuels.

“Now is the time for Alaska to get as much support as possible in its just transition to a sustainable economy. Locking in the people of Alaska to decades of fossil fuel development at a time when economically and environmentally sustainable solutions are evident is not only wrong, it’s also bad business,” says Greenpeace USA Climate and Energy Campaigner Mary Sweeters.

Congress is currently considering a bill that would undo President Obama’s protections from oil and gas drilling in Arctic waters as well as revoking Arctic drilling spill prevention and response regulations. The Trump administration has also taken the first steps in more than 30 years towards opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.


Contact:

Cassady Craighill, cassady.craighill@greenpeace.org, 828-817-3328

Erica Watson, erica@northern.org, 907-452-5093

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