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Posted: Friday, November 27, 2009 12:53 am | Updated: 12:47 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

An article in Sunday’s paper was titled “Rogers: Climate policy not realistic for UAF.” All large organizations need climate policies, especially in Alaska where the effects of climate change are clearly being felt.

The types of climate policies we need are not only those that react to climate change, but also policies that will help limit the effects of climate change by reducing our production of greenhouse gases. I think Chancellor Rogers realizes this and that the News-Miner headline was misleading.

We are in a time of transition. It is both frightening and exciting to think of the changes that will happen within the lifetime of students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. They will live through the transition out of the carbon economy. At least this is the optimistic view. Otherwise they will live to see the social chaos created by sea level rises, shifted rainfall patterns and unpredictable weather.

Alaska has tremendous natural resources. There is no reason our state cannot be carbon-neutral using wind, tides, geothermal and hydropower. We have miles of coastlines, lots of windy places, hundreds of volcanoes. On top of this, we have a small population. We could have a negative carbon balance by exporting renewable energy.

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