To the editor: Alaska needs a plan to move forward. Continuing to support the development of fossil fuels and remaining silent on coal is the worst offense the borough, city and state can commit against its residents. It’s genocide when other proven methods exist and are vilified as a threat to profit motives.
For nearly a decade, advocates like myself have brought forth evidence, case studies, public testimony and expert witnesses to show the dangers of this course only to be told by elected officials that “coal is cheap, clean and the best we can hope for until we get natural gas.”
This delusional behavior is perpetuated by a utility that is choking our economy and driving people from the community in droves.
Hydrogen is rapidly becoming the mainstream storage medium for heat, energy and transportation, and with it we can utilize the free and clean fuel from the sun. The parts can be 3D printed from our trash, creating jobs locally and building up our capacity to be resilient and thrive in a rapidly changing world.
On any given year around 80% of registered voters don’t vote, feeling powerless to change leadership and stuck with the “more of the same” popularity contests that have gotten us to where we are today.
On Oct. 1, get out and vote for new blood, a fresh perspective and recognize “experience” has little value in these uncharted waters where a fresh perspective can bring innovation and insight to chart a path forward.
We can do better, and for our children we must.