Alaska is the focal point in the global warming debate. I do not challenge that climate change is occurring, but the central question awaiting an answer is to what extent man-made emissions are responsible for this change. Contrary to popular opinion, that question remains unanswered. Those who claim otherwise perpetrate a tremendous disservice to science and society, and I am shocked by the continued marginalization of any dissenters.
Our state is witnessing the effects of climate change more so than any other state in the Nation. This has caused some in Congress to use Alaska as an example for the need to curb these effects. However, these proposals seek to legislate a solution to a problem we do not fully understand, and if enacted, could result in drastic consequences for our State’s and Nation’s energy, economy, and national security.