Climate change group meets

    Fairbanks, Alaska (KINY) Alaskans should drift away from fossil fuels according to a draft report on climate change from a task force created by Governor Bill Walker.

    While specifics are few, the draft report urges Alaskans to reduce the use of fossil fuels and pursue renewable energy programs.

    The 20 member task force met this week in Fairbanks to discuss the draft report.  Other suggestions are a tax on carbon, improvement of how climate change is taught in schools and creation of a fund to pay for emergencies.

    The report wants the state to reduce carbon emissions by 2030 but is short on specifics and doesn't include cost estimates.  It also encourages the state to develop natural gas.  The final report is expected to be ready for the Governor to consider by September.

    The group is chaired by Lt. Governor Byron Mallot.

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