Walker Administration Denies Teen Activists’ Request

first_imgStory as aired: The group received some attention from Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Larry Hartig, but ultimately Hartig denied the 100-page petition. A local senior says this isn’t the first time they have addressed this issue: “A few of us have had bad encounters where it’s like, ‘one day you will understand politics’. We are at that level, and I think we are at another level where we are understanding the consequences that we are going to receive.”  Hartig closed the denial letter encouraging the petitioners to continue to engage in the State’s executive branch, and to also reach out to the legislative branch, in seeking creative solutions to addressing climate change in Alaska. Hartig says cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions isn’t easy because they are mostly contributed to Oil and Gas Production: “There’s not that many options that they have to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions unless you talk about reducing the industry itself, which is something that would be unpopular in Alaska.” The group has 30-days to appeal Hartig’s decision to the Superior Court to a judicial review. Hartig wrote in a four-page denial letter dated Wednesday, September 27: “Although I am denying the petition, I assure your clients that addressing the climate change needs of Alaska is a priority for this Administration.”  FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A group of local teenagers from the Alaska Youth for Environmental Action submitted a 100-page petition demanding the state enact stricter regulations of greenhouse gas emissions. The request submitted by the teen activists group would require: DEC to regulate stationary and mobile sources of CO2 emissions and the extraction of fossil fuels within the State to, among other things, ensure that Alaska reduces its total in-boundary and consumption CO2 emissions to at least 85% below 1990 levels by 2050 and establish interim benchmarks to guide progress toward that requirement; ensure that Alaska’s in-boundary CO2 emissions are reduced by at least 8.5% per year beginning in 2018; and prepare a numerical statewide goal or carbon budget in order to meet these requirements. last_img

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