Gov. Invoice Walker has made some troublesome, but vital selections on budgetary and social points for Alaska. Kudos for that. However on defending Alaska’s pure setting, Walker has failed miserably.
Even earlier than the Trump election Walker’s environmental insurance policies have been troubling. However now, as an alternative of standing as much as Trump’s darkish, dystopian, anti-surroundings insurance policies, Walker has zealously embraced them.
To understand the magnitude of Walker’s historic assault on Alaska’s surroundings, simply join the dots between a few of his environmental selections:
• Walker helps unethical predator management practices on nationwide park and refuge lands in Alaska, together with bear baiting/snaring, killing of bears and cubs at dens, and killing of wolves throughout denning;
• He persists in efforts to open the Arctic Nationwide Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to grease exploration, risking wildlife and wilderness values;
• Joined different states suing the Environmental Safety Company (EPA) to cease the “Waters of america” rule;
• Sued to dam the U.S. Forest Service ‘roadless rule’;
• Joined the lawsuit towards the Nationwide Park Service for its prohibition on utilizing hovercraft for searching in Nationwide Preserves;
• Dropped the ultimate $ninety two million declare (made by Gov. Frank Murkowski) towards Exxon for lengthy-time period environmental injury from the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS);
• His EVOS Trustees declined repeated calls to guard the biologically wealthy japanese Copper River Delta/Bering River area, and have achieved nothing to safe further protections on public lands or waters within the oil spill area (which comprise over ninety % of the impacted ecosystem).
• He sued the Nationwide Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to overturn itemizing of Beringia bearded seals as threatened underneath the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and misplaced;
• Opposes designated essential habitat space for polar bears;
• Proposed weakening federal ESA essential habitat guidelines, in search of to have federal businesses ignore future dangers from local weather change;
• Proposed exemptions to federal environmental laws for the proposed Alaska Pure Fuel Transportation Challenge, together with exemption from wetlands mitigation necessities, EPA authorities beneath the Clear Water Act and Clear Air Act, and sure Nationwide Environmental Coverage Act (NEPA) necessities;
• Requested the Division of Inside to rescind its “Areas of Essential Environmental Concern” (ACECs) in…