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And what will be of Alaska?

That’s what the Alaska legislature wants to know.
Alaska House Addresses Global Warming The Alaska House unanimously passed HCR 30, by Rep. Reggie Joule, which would create a commission on how to deal with the erosion, floods and thawing permafrost brought by global warming. The commission would conduct eight hearings around the state and deliver a preliminary report of its findings by next March. A final report and recommendations would be due Jan. 10, 2008.
I suspect they’re going to find themselves in something of a pickle. Once they consider the costs the state will bear as a victim of global warming, will they be willing to consider reorienting the state’s economy so that it is less dependent on encouraging more global warming will all their oil? The state government relies totally on oil money for its budget and so the residents love not having to pay any state taxes — better yet, they get a check from the state every year. (And they largely need it; the cost of living up there is outrageous.) It’ll take some real soul searching to make the big changes that calls for.


Enter to Win Your Copy of Nuclear Roulette

Seventy years ago, the city of Hiroshima was incinerated by an atomic bomb. Today, tens of thousands gather in Japan to mark the anniversary with silent ceremonies and somber reflections. In the United States, visitors to the National Air and Space Museum hear a narrative recounting that day as they view the Enola Gay, the […] Read More..

Bern Baby Bern!

Feel the Bern, now read the Bern. Chelsea Green is bringing out the first major book chronicling the issues being raised by US Senator Bernie Sanders in his campaign for president of the United States. The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America is the only book that outlines, in Sanders’ own words and […] Read More..

Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action

Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this […] Read More..

A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

For the past month, author Philip Ackerman-Leist has been on a Twitter MiniFesto campaign – each day sending out a new tweet designed to spark conversation and pass along some lessons he learned whilst working on his last book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. You might also know Philip as the author of his memoir Up Tunket […] Read More..