Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Governor Bill Walker of Alaska has demanded oil company be granted access to protected Alaskan wildernesses, to raise the money needed to pay for helping people affected by climate change.
According to the BBC;
“We are in a significant fiscal challenge. We have villages that are washing away because of changes in the climate,” Governor Walker said.
“I don’t see anyone putting together contribution funds to help move Kivalina; that is our obligation, we stand by that – we need to figure out how to do that. But those are very expensive – we have about 12 villages in that situation.
I asked him if extra drilling was needed to help pay for these impacts.
“Absolutely, in a responsible way as we have in the past.”
The governor argues that a small part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should be drilled to boost Alaska’s revenues.
Let us hope President Obama responds positively, to Governor Walker’s plea on behalf of his people, for oil exploration access to Federal land.