Gov. Walker Flips Script on Environmentalists

President Obama, environmentalists, and climate change advocates have become increasingly fond of saying we need to adopt green energy policies Alaska Gov. Bill Walker delivers his inauguration speech Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 in Juneau, Alaska's Centennial Hall. (James Brooks photo)because it is good for the economy or government budgets.

As Alaskans we are used to such justifications leading to the conclusion Alaska’s lands and waters have to be taken off table for resource development.

The Hill reports Gov. Bill Walker is turning the tables on environmentalists, however, saying Alaska faces significant challenges from climate change and in order to address those the state needs the revenues new oil development would provide.

One has to wonder if environmental advocates will be so concerned about addressing the horrible, horrible consequences of climate change if resource development is needs to be part of the solution.

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Casey Reynolds
Reynolds served as communications director for the Alaska Republican Party from 2008-2011. He left the Party in 2011 to host his own popular morning radio political talk show on AM750 / FM103.7 KFQD. Reynolds now runs The Midnight Sun (midnightsunak.com), crowned by the Anchorage Press as “Alaska’s best political blog.”