Alaska Governor Calls For Increased Oil Drilling . . . To Offset Costs of Climate Change

bill_walker_official_portrait_2400-1The increasing recognition of politicians of climate change has been a welcomed change from the long denials of the past. However, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has made a curious pitch in a BBC interview: increased oil drilling to offset climate change that most people associated with oil consumption.

Walker told the BBC “We are in a significant fiscal challenge. We have villages that are washing away because of the change in the climate.” This destruction is described by Walker as “very expensive” and requires more revenue from drilling. The BBC host then asked “So you’re saying that given the climate change impacts in Alaska, you need to be allowed to continue to drill and explore and produce oil to pay for some of those impacts in Alaska?”

Walker’s responded: “Absolutely.”

The governor’s odd argument reflects the reality of a state that does not have an income or sales tax and instead draws 90% of its day-to-day expenditure from levies on the production of oil and gas. The huge Trans Alaskan Pipeline that transports oil from the northern production fields to the tanker terminal in Valdez is running at about 25% of its capacity as existing oil field production declines.

Source: BBC

70 thoughts on “Alaska Governor Calls For Increased Oil Drilling . . . To Offset Costs of Climate Change”

  1. Dear David…..talk about blind faith! Even the Exxon-Mobil scientists had proof of global warming/climate change decades ago. They also had proof of human responsibility for same. The documents are out.

    1. Justice Holmes wrote: “They also had proof of human responsibility for same. The documents are out.”

      It this were true, then it is really strange that neither you nor anybody else references the documents and then defends it against critics.

      I expect this thread will evolve into a long list of referencing propaganda showing a 2 degree change in temperature over the last century without establishing the human connection other than a correlation with CO2 levels. Why is it that nobody wants to discuss the issue rationally? Why is everybody so emotional about global warming?

  2. People and animals used to be able to walk from Asia/Russia to Alaska. The land was well above sea level. Here is a gif of the map of land as it was (I hope it shows if not go to the link) 20,000 years ago

    http://www.ndstudies.org/images/aind/bering.gif

    The ocean levels change ALL the time and have nothing to do with man. Nothing whatsoever. The global warming hysteria is all about trying to control people, keep power to the political classes and will keep people in poverty in the developing nations of the world. It is the biggest farce ever.

  3. Air pollution is worse when coal is used for this or that. When we go to solar and wind then Alaska will have to find another way to raise taxes. But we need more oil and gas production from America should buy none from the Pirate Territories. The United States of America owns millions of acres of land with gas and oil beneath the surface. We should not “lease” this to oil companies. If we can put a man on the moon then our government can drill for gas and oil. Then our government, and We The People, can benefit from our own assets. Bernie Sanders would not let our government agencies give this gas and oil away to the Exxon RepubliCons. We give it away. Ask your Senator to see all the leases.

  4. Climate change must be real– a governor of Alaska is using it as an excuse to do more oil drilling!

    Climate change is real even Exxon Mobile scientists agree and they did so decades ago but they weren’t allow to tell!

  5. Nick,

    you said, “This thread has been reasoned and civil. Yesterday was a quiet, civil, substantive day. This is the risky thread, w/ the Saudi thread next @ risk. If we remain vigilant and focused, we can stop these threads from devolving. But, there are people w/ religious fervor on this and other topics. This topic is near the top in fundamentalist religion.”

    That’s a weird thing to say, even on a blog.

    DavidM is probably the most fervently religious commenter here, yet he seems like he can remain civil.

  6. Very to similar to Al Gore preaching global warming then taking off in his private jet, do as I say not as I do

  7. The Governor’s policy verges on the “We had to destroy the village in order to save the village” logic.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Jim22,

    Sarah Palin claimed that being able to see Russia from her kitchen window gave her a special understanding of foreign policy. Sort of like claiming to be a waste management expert because you can see a garbage dump from your house.

    Tina Fey, one of the most percipient social commentators in the media, merely pointed the absurdity of Palin’s claim. Now, Palin does that all by herself.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    DavidM,

    Your dog won’t hunt, probably because it’s under the porch trying to escape the heat. Evaluating the integrity between an internet site called, “what’supwiththat” and the BBC, I’ll stick with the BBC every time.

    I don’t know if they are the first climate refugees, but the Syrians that are fleeing the Middle East right now are certainly on the move because of climate change. The Syrian uprising began because of a severe water shortage brought on by a prolonged drought.

    The rise in sea levels are being observed around the globe are, like the fossil record, so plain and obvious. Yet, you’re like one of these people who want waste the time and energy of paleontologists by making them re-explain the fossil record by demanding continue to show and re-show their data, thinking you’ve cleverly uncovered some deception. You haven’t. And you won’t.

    The three or four trolls here will form an echo chamber but the rest of the nation recognizes the truth about the human causation of global warming. In the alternative, even if global warming were occurring naturally, human fossil fuel consumption is accelerating it beyond the ability of the planet’s ecosystems to adapt.

    I realize you see yourself as some kind of scientist or something, but you’re not. If you were, you’d have research of your own to back up your hypothesis’. You probably have some justification for not gathering your evidence (beyond googling some whacky websites); you could, but you don’t feel like it; you’re busy researching other subjects; the scientific community is stacked against you; etc, etc, etc. You obviously feel this is something important to you, you should get out there into the field and gather data, instead of relying on fraudulent websites.

    1. T. Hall wrote: “The rise in sea levels are being observed around the globe are, like the fossil record, so plain and obvious.”

      If it is so plain and obvious, why do they manipulate the data and refuse to share the raw data with the rest of us? The ocean floors have been sinking, which would cause the sea level to lower. Of course, this messes up what they want you to see in the data, so they manipulate the data to adjust the sea level measurements higher to offset the sinking sea floor. They call it “a small correction factor” in a tiny footnote that most people like you just gloss over. As a scientist, I have been trained to read studies with a skeptical mind and to look for errors in analysis. There are many ways for scientists to make mistakes and even to lie with data in order to get grants.

      T. Hall wrote: “In the alternative, even if global warming were occurring naturally, human fossil fuel consumption is accelerating it beyond the ability of the planet’s ecosystems to adapt.”

      And your evidence for this statement is what? Did you learn this from an Al Gore presentation? Reasonable minds understand that the climate change religion got its start not from overwhelming scientific consensus on the data, but rather from political movement which provides funding to scientists. Then the scientists get onboard in order to get the money.

      T. Hall wrote: “You probably have some justification for not gathering your evidence …”

      I presented evidence from Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level; you failed to refute it. Apparently you did not read the article because you were offended by the domain name of the secondary source. The data speaks for itself. Following is a direct link to the the graph of sea level change for Nome:
      http://www.psmsl.org/data/obtaining/rlr.monthly.plots/1800_high.png

      T. Hall wrote: “You obviously feel this is something important to you, you should get out there into the field and gather data, instead of relying on fraudulent websites.”

      It really isn’t very important to me at all. It just bothers me when I see blind faith in what I consider to be a fad in science similar to the Ptolemaic model of the cosmos. It bothers me that whenever I go to check out assertions that the data is not there to back up the assertions.

      You have not presented any evidence to support your assertion that the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (the source of the data that I shared) is a fraudulent website. From Wikipedia: “The Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL), established in 1933, is a repository for tide gauge data used in the measurement of long-term sea level change. The PSMSL is based at the National Oceanography Centre in Liverpool, England. The PSMSL is financially supported by the UK Natural Environment Research Council, the International Council for Science World Data System, and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.”

      It is really easy for you to lay back in your lazyboy chair and make claims of impropriety, but to back up your claims with logical arguments and reliable data will take a little bit more work on your part.

  8. The Inquisition worked by having anonymous people narc out their neighbors. It seems to have come back.

  9. This thread has been reasoned and civil. Yesterday was a quiet, civil, substantive day. This is the risky thread, w/ the Saudi thread next @ risk. If we remain vigilant and focused, we can stop these threads from devolving. But, there are people w/ religious fervor on this and other topics. This topic is near the top in fundamentalist religion.

  10. The articles don’t report actual data to substantiate their claims about rising sea levels. Searching for that information led to the following article about this village showing that the data for sea level change does not support their claim.

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/07/31/will-the-cost-of-the-climate-wars-be-the-bbcs-integrity/

    The following article shows how previous claims for other areas turned out to be false when the predicted dates of calamity came and went without incident.

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/07/02/the-sixth-first-climate-refugees/
    The Sixth First Climate Refugees
    —–
    For years now, folks have searched desperately for the “fingerprints” of human climate change. These are things that are supposed to reveal how and where humans are affecting the climate. One of these fingerprints, which is alleged to be a sure and certain harbinger of the thermal end times, is the appearance of the long-awaited “First Climate Refugees”. The UN IPCC confidently forecast that there would be 50 million climate refugees by 2010 … we saw none. But before that there were supposed to be climate refugees from the coral atolls of Tuvalu … which turned out not to be sinking but instead expanding in area. So I guess they were the First Climate Refugees, and since it turned out there weren’t any climate refugees from Tuvalu, that makes the missing 50 million the Second First Climate Refugees.

    Then the Third First Climate refugees were supposed to be in Bangladesh, but that turned out to be a recent squatter settlement on one of the many silt islands that appear and disappear in the river mouth there, once more nothing to do with climate.

    In each case, of course, the people involved were widely touted as “the First Climate Refugees”, and like the first robins of spring, were predicted to be the first of many such occurrences … but they were never the first, because no refugees actually appeared. Plus there have been some more, I think the folks from Shishmaref Village in Alaska were something like the Fifth First Climate Refugees.
    … …
    Anyhow, that was the funny thing I found out that I hadn’t known—that the whole Shishmaref furor is about erosion on a vulnerable barrier island which is routinely battered by fierce storms … I’d be shocked if the island didn’t erode and change and alter its shape.

    But ascribing that to CO2? That dog won’t hunt …
    —–

  11. Climate Science is a free-for-all grab the grant money kind of chaos. Global warming yes-sayers just keep repeating the same mantra… and eventually it must be true ? ? ?
    I maintain that the science is not developed enough to make useful predictions.
    I also could care less about what any politician says. Bow down if you must to politicians …… but don’t drag me along. And please stop talking about “us versus them”. We are stuck on the same planet.

    Gus in Denver

  12. This whole story illustrates the lunacy of climate change advocates. If you follow the story, it centers on the village named Kivalina which was built on a barrier island. Look at the aerial photo of the village, and anyone can see that there are going to be erosional problems that have little to do with global climate change. The implication is rising sea levels, but is it really?

    There is no clear causal connection between oil use and global climate change. It is a reasonable inference, but not established science. We are still using oil and it seems foolish for us to enrich the citizens of other countries through buying their oil when we can drill our own oil and enrich our own citizens. The wealth of the desert arabs in Dubai and Abu Dhabi is astounding. Why make them wealthy while keeping our own citizens in the dark ages?

  13. Josseph Jones – “because he can see Russia from his back yard.”

    What does the dumb comic Tina Fey have to do with the Alaska governor?

  14. He’s probably expert in foreign relations too, because he can see Russia from his back yard. I hear he also loves the “Founding Fathers” though he doesn’t know what this means and can not name any of them. He’s also really smart.

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