SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

Alaska Senate Democrats Ask Administration to Join United States Climate Alliance

Today, the Alaska Senate Democratic Caucus sent a letter to Lt. Governor Byron Mallott urging the administration to reassemble the Alaska Climate Working Group, and to join the United States Climate Alliance to facilitate addressing climate change by sharing resources and best practices with other states.

“It is time for us to tackle climate change head on. Alaska’s susceptibility to the already changing climate puts us in a unique position to become the home of climate innovation, but we can’t do it alone,” said Senator Tom Begich (D-Anchorage). “I hope Lt. Governor Mallott and Gov. Walker will see the incredible value of being part of a group of states dedicated to ensuring we continue to fight climate change while adapting to those effects we can already see.”

So far, thirteen other states including Hawaii, Washington, Colorado, and Vermont, have joined the group.

“My constituents and I personally observe and experience the effects of climate change,” said Senator Donny Olson (D) from the rural coastal village of Golovin. “Climate change is drastically changing our way of life and threatening our culture. We owe it to our future generations to become involved in the climate change issue.”

A copy of the letter sent to Lt. Governor Mallott is attached [here].

Members of the press with questions may contact Jeanne Devon, the Press Secretary for the Alaska Senate Democratic Caucus at 230-5139.