Report: As Congress prepares to pass climate bill, Alaska environmentalists see more harm than good

    Thursday, August 11th, 2022 1:07pm

    By James Brooks and Yereth Rosen

    Senators Lisa Murkowski and Joe Manchin sit together on stage at Anchorage’s Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center at an April 8 banquest during the Arctic Encounter Symposium. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

    Juneau, Alaska (Alaska Beacon) - The $370 billion climate bill that passed the U.S. Senate on Sunday is America’s biggest-ever response to climate change, expected to both reduce the national deficit and significantly cut greenhouse-gas emissions.

    But here in Alaska, environmental organizers are worried that tradeoffs in the bill will lead to more mining and drilling in the state in order to accomplish national goals.

    “Our view on this bill is ultimately, it causes more harm than good,” said Emily Sullivan, communications director for the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.

    “It does feel like they’re trading — they’re sacrificing Alaska to get climate gains elsewhere,” said Rebecca Noblin, an attorney and policy justice lead for Native Movement.

    The bill has yet to pass the U.S. House, but that is expected by the end of the week, whereupon it will go to the desk of President Joe Biden, who has said he will sign it.

    Read the full story at the Alaska Beacon.

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