That’s what the Alaska legislature wants to know.
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.