Alaska Governor Bill Walker (I) said this week that his state should be allowed to drill more oil to help cover the costs of fighting climate change.
Walker told BBC News that many small coastal towns in Alaska were facing erosion caused by climate change, but the state is facing budget shortfalls caused by a drop in energy prices over the last two years. Alaska, which has no income tax, gets 90 percent of it’s revenue by taxing oil and gas production.
In one case, the town of Kivalina lost 10 feet of shoreline in a matter of hours last week. Experts have said that it could cost $100 million to move the town.
“We have villages that are washing away because of the change in the climate,” Walker explained. “I don’t see anybody putting together contribution funds to help move Kivalina, and so that’s our obligation.”
“We’ve got about 12 villages in that same situation,” he added. “This isn’t something we can put off for 10-20 years… We have to begin this process now – it’s an absolute urgency for Alaska.”
Environmental activists told the BBC that Walker’s idea for drilling more fossil fuels to pay for the impacts of climate change was a “simplistic solution.”
“What’s going on in villages is certainly of concern to me as an Alaskan but I think the governor knows there’s never going to be enough money to move everybody that needs to be moved as climate change continues to advance,” Lois Epstein of the Wilderness Society pointed out. “It’s really not going to be something that the state is going to take on its own. The federal government is going to help, but we really need some bigger strategies to deal with climate change both as a state and a nation.”
Watch the video below from BBC News, broadcast Oct. 12, 2015.
Jeanine Pirro pushes conspiracy theory 2016 election interference ‘apparently’ started in Ukraine
The United States intelligence community is united in the conclusion that it was Russia that interred in America's 2016 presidential election.
But Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro said that 2016 election interference "apparently" started in Ukraine.
The conspiracy theory underlying the false claim resulted in President Donald Trump seeking foreign election interference from Ukraine, the scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.
Pirro also said Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Geoge Kent is a "bozo."
Video of Pirro's opening was posted on Twitter by President Donald Trump:
WATCH: Pete Buttigieg surges to first place in ‘gold standard’ poll of Iowa caucuses
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg surged in a poll of Iowa released Saturday night.
The poll, by Des Moines Register, CNN and Mediacom, showed major movement in the race.
"Since September, Buttigieg has risen 16 percentage points among Iowa’s likely Democratic caucusgoers, with 25% now saying he is their first choice for president. For the first time in the Register’s Iowa Poll, he bests rivals Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who are now clustered in competition for second place and about 10 percentage points behind the South Bend, Indiana, mayor," the newspaper reported.
Stephanie Grisham claims Trump is ‘healthy’ and ‘without complaints’ after surprise visit to hospital
The White House announced that President Donald Trump is healthy after an unscheduled trip to Walter Reed Hospital.
“After a quick exam and labs, the President is headed back downtown," press secretary Stephanie Grisham said.
"The President remains healthy and energetic without complaints, as demonstrated by his repeated vigorous rally performances in front of thousands of Americans several times a week," she argued.
Trump has been holding one or two political rallies a week, where he regularly speaks for well over an hour.