Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announced [on June 30, 2009] she does not support a controversial piece of federal climate change legislation that is making its way through Congress. The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 is authored by U.S. Representatives Henry Waxman and Ed Markey (Climate Bill, 2009, Â¶1).
Governor Palin is concerned about the economic and environmental impacts the legislation could have on Alaska. “This bill does not offer enough flexibility to states to meet national standards and goals,” Governor Palin said. “Flexibility is particularly important for Alaska. Our cold climate and rural populations make it difficult for Alaskans to implement technologies that work elsewhere. Again, this is a case of one size doesn’t fit all” (Climate Bill, 2009, Â¶2).
Multiple state agencies are continuing to review the version of the legislation that passed the U.S. House. Previous versions of the bill presented problems in nearly every facet of industry, commerce, and everyday life for Alaskans. State agencies found inadequacies in the areas of mitigation, allocations, infrastructure, and adaptation (Climate Bill, 2009, Â¶3).
The [G]overnor also noted some of the broad policy statements in the bill will likely lead to stricter regulations that don’t necessarily solve any problems (Climate Bill, 2009, Â¶4).
Governor Palin intends to work with Alaska’s congressional delegation to address the state’s concerns (Climate Bill, 2009, Â¶5).
The Obama administration is pushing legislation based on politically motivated junk science that will accomplish nothing more than increasing the costs of goods and services for all Americans. The Wasman-Markey Bill is legislation that quite frankly should be sent to the circular file.
One of the pinnacles of Governor Palin’s achievements is the Alaska Gasline Inducment Act or AGIA, which is a complex $30-billion project to build a gas pipeline from the North Slope to Alberta, Canada. Until Governor Palin came into office, this pipeline was a pipe dream for 30 years. She is making it reality.
Bolstad, 2009 explains how another Alaskan, Drue Pearce is overseeing this project’s progress. Her article in the Anchorage Daily News is noted in the reference list.
The Obama administration should draw some lessons from the Palin-Parnell administration and invest its efforts in real energy solutions that will benefit our nation, rather than nonsensical laws based on scams like carbon credits, caps and trades, or “feel good” measures.
Bolstad, E. (2009, June 29). Alaskan oversees gas line coordination for Obama administration. Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved June 30, 2009 from: http://www.adn.com/money/industries/oil/pipeline/story/846986.html
Governor opposes Waxman-Markey Bill. (2009, June 30). State of Alaska, Governor. Retrieved June 30, 2009 from: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1941