Alaska Wants to Fight Warming While Still Drilling for Oi

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As the state weathers https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/alaska-wants-to-fight-warming-while-still-drilling-for-oil/the impacts of climate change, its economy still relies on fossil fuels

Alaska Wants to Fight Warming While Still Drilling for Oil
The Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) near Copperville, Alaska. Credit: Daniel Acker Getty Images

Alaska’s appetite for oil is as ubiquitous as the state’s proliferating examples of a changing climate.

The Arctic is melting faster than anywhere else in the world. Permafrost is thawing and releasing carbon into the atmosphere. Warmer air and ocean water have diminished sea ice. Native villages along the coast are moving inland to flee rising seas.

But climate change is a political issue. Although Alaskans may not dispute the science, they do disagree about what to do about it. After all, oil and gas makes up the vast majority of the state’s revenue. After the price of oil plummeted in recent years, oil drillers slowed production, crippling the state’s…

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