“As the governor mentioned, a significant aspect of Alaska’s involvement response to the initiatives we will take in climate change will necessarily revolve around a transition from a petroleum economy to a renewable energy economy. That will be a critical and necessary focus going forward.”
– Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, speaking to reporters directly after Gov. Bill Walker signed an administrative order creating a climate change team and signing onto the Paris Agreement.
Mallott is on the witness list to testify before the Senate Energy Committee on Thursday on behalf of the State of Alaska to ask the committee to pass legislation that will open up the Arctice National Wildlife Reserve Coastal Plain “1002 Area” for oil drilling.