Climate-related impacts, such as coastal property damage, have already cost the federal government billions of dollars, and these costs will likely rise in the future. We found that information on the economic effects of climate change is developing and imprecise, but it can convey insights into the nation's regions and sectors that could be most affected.
The US Senate just passed a budget resolution that brings oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic refuge a little closer to reality
The U.S. Senate took a step Thursday toward opening Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, approving a budget resolution that includes leasing in the site as a measure to raise federal revenue.
The resolution, a preliminary step toward potential approval of President Trump's proposed tax legislation, allows senators to avoid the need for 60 votes and the threat of a filibuster when the measure is considered in the future.
On the second day of this year’s annual AFN gathering in Anchorage, another significant announcement regarding the relationship between the state and tribes was put forward.
Delegates were told of a major new decision by the state Attorney General’s office, which seeks to resolve decades of legal battles by concluding that Alaska’s 229 tribes are fully sovereign entities. The move is a win for tribal and indigenous advocates who have long-contended they have equal jurisdiction and standing with the State of Alaska. The news came just one day after the governor signed an unprecedented compact with tribal entities that gives them potential control over child welfare policies.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska’s top lawyer has released a legal opinion on the status of tribal sovereignty in the state.
State Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth addresses the opinion to Gov. Bill Walker, stating that tribes do exist in Alaska and their governments have inherent sovereignty.
The 16-page opinion outlines him tribal issues clarified over the years by the courts. It does not take positions on areas courts have not addressed.
For example, Lindemuth notes that tribes are legal entities separate from other governments. The state, however, initially held that legally, tribes did not exist. The federal government formally recognized Alaska tribes in 1994, a determination that was initially challenged by the state.
Currently, there are 229 federally recognized tribes in Alaska. There is just one reservation, the southeast Alaska community of Metlakatla.
President Donald Trump announced Monday that he would nominate Tara Sweeney, an executive vice president of Arctic Slope Regional Corp. and the former chair of the Arctic Economic Council to serve as Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs in the Interior Department.
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Strategic Approach: Audiences, Engagement
The Trump administration has put a strain on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The organization, Save EPA, works with congress and the public to ensure new standards are in place to counter attempts to roll back federal protections.
WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE A LOOK:
The tools and talking points discussed support individuals and groups that want to speak out in defense against regulatory rollback.
Participate in rulemakings to roll back or delay protections:
- Comment on the proposed rule change
- Testify at public hearings if there are any close to you
- Request meetings or phone calls with agency staff, managers and/or White House officials
Engage outside of the rulemaking process:
- Enlist your members of congress
- Use social and mainstream media campaigns
- Participate in mass letter-writing campaigns
- Stage or participate in demonstrations or other group actions
Join in the public conversation about regulations and the protections they provide
- If you hear something that is untrue, write back or say something
- Remain clear and civil in your communication
- Provide good information and fair analysis, not alternative facts
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation denied a climate change petition on Thursday submitted by a group of teens. The petition asked the state to reduce carbon emissions, monitor greenhouse gasses and come up with a long term climate change strategy.