Climate Change

It’s clear: man-made climate change is occurring, and Alaska is Ground Zero. Addressing the climate crisis is one of the most important challenges facing us as a society. I will be proactive in a way that not only addresses the impacts to Alaskans but also seizes the opportunity to create jobs and lead Alaska into the clean energy economy. Climate Change is affecting our fishing economy, our recreation industry, our energy industry both on the supply and demand sides, our transportation systems, and many other aspects of Alaskan life. In fact, Alaska is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the U.S. 

We need to ensure that we responsibly develop our natural resources and human capital in ways that complement rather than conflict with our potential for growth across a wider range of opportunities – and that means preserving the things that make Alaska great. That’s why, for instance, I oppose the Pebble Mine project that threatens Bristol Bay, our natural salmon fishery and the livelihood of those who live there and fish those waters. 

Alaska has vast opportunities in our abundant renewable energy resources, including solar, wind, geothermal, tidal, wave, biomass, hydroelectric, and pumped energy storage. I will move Alaska forward into sustainable, 21st century economic and energy growth.  Alaska’s diverse natural resources provide abundant opportunity to diversify our energy mix and maintain a balance between preservation and production for our State’s sustained health and prosperity.

As your United States Senator, I will 

  • Fight for the United States to re-enter the Paris Climate Agreement;
  • Work to develop affordable energy options for Alaskans using energy tax credits;
  • Promote funding and increase federal investment in clean energy sources, sustainable energy infrastructure, energy efficiency and conservation; and 
  • Promote the export of Alaska’s expertise in technologies such as microgrids.