Begich Critical for Interior Dept. for Excluding AK from Climate Change Talks
U.S. Senator Mark Begich is expressing his dismay over a recent decision made by the Interior Department to exclude the 49th state from the 25-member Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science and requested that they act swiftly to correct the oversight by including a qualified Alaskan on the committee.
In a letter written to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, calling Alaska “ground zero” for the impacts of climate change, Begich said that over the past 50 years, Alaska temperatures have increased nearly 4 degrees; twice the warming rate in the Lower-48 over the same period…Climate change is also opening the Arctic to new resource development, shipping and tourism opportunities. Virtually every federal department is currently engaged in some aspect of reviewing and devising contingency plans for a warming Arctic.