By AlaskaWatchman.com

A group of climate alarmists and critical race theory activists are hoping to resist efforts to alter and limit the scope of the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s controversial “Climate Action & Adaptation Plan.”

Area environmentalists had hoped to use the plan to impose ambitious policies and regulations on area residents in an attempt to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of fossil fuels. The multi-pronged scheme has been in the works for years, but the borough is now moving to limit the scope and overall impact of the proposals.

The next meeting on the contentious climate strategy is set for Jan. 24, 6 p.m., in the Assembly Chambers (907 Terminal Street).

During the meeting, the Climate Action Committee, which serves in an advisory capacity for the borough assembly, will have a discussion with the Borough’s Project Manager April Trickey and Consultant, RESPEC, regarding ways to modify, edit and rewrite portions of the climate plan to reduce its overall scope and impact.

The climate plan has stirred considerable controversy in Fairbanks. Last year, the entire Climate Action Committee, which included a number of hard-left activists, was dismissed and replaced by newly appointed presiding officer Assemblyman Aaron Lojewski. The currently constructed committee is now looking to prioritize only those aspects of the plan which have wide community support.

Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition works behind the scenes, and then floods public hearings. According to the group’s website, it aims to “decolonize” Fairbanks, which includes fundamentally transitioning the region away from fossil fuels

Activists associated with the Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition have other ideas, and are planning to flood the Fairbanks Assembly on Jan. 24 to pressure the Climate Committee to recommend passage of a more sweeping climate policy. The group ultimately aims to penalize fossil fuel usage with the goal of transitioning entirely to so-called “green energy.”

“It is possible that certain climate-denying committee members will encourage their fellows on the Borough Assembly to vote the plan down when it comes to that later this year,” a Jan. 24 email alert from the Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition warns. “But we know the seriousness of our task, and we don’t have time to be distracted by political game-playing. Our task right now is just to do our best to help bring this plan through to the finish line.”

In developing the initial climate plan, the borough hired a global environmental engineering company, RESPEC, to help hammer out the details.

There have already been a number of community listening sessions and planning efforts, where local environmentalist groups have applied pressure to shape the Fairbanks plan so it better reflects current models in Portland and Flagstaff. Both cities have imposed climate emergency declarations in order to achieve so-called “climate justice” with a focus on race-based equity schemes.

Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition works behind the scenes, and then floods public hearings with its members. According to the group’s website, it aims to “decolonize” Fairbanks, which includes fundamentally transitioning the region away from fossil fuels.

“Decolonization is the conscious – intelligent, calculated, & active – unlearning & resistance to the forces of colonization that perpetuate the subjugation and exploitation of our minds, bodies, & lands,” the group’s website states. “And it is engaged for the ultimate purpose of overturning the colonial structure & realizing Indigenous liberation.”

The Fairbanks climate plan is limited to the borough’s legal powers, which includes borough buildings, vehicles, transportation, schools, economic development, pollution control, flood control, libraires, garbage disposal, parks and recreation, utilities, emergency management, solid waste and other areas. The borough also controls planning, platting and land use.

Given the wide scope of borough oversite, Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition activists had hoped the final climate plan would empower the borough to impose sweeping environmental policies.

Tristan Glowa, the organizing director at Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition, wrote a an article last year, saying Fairbanks has “a moral obligation and the people power to demand our local institutions act as swiftly as possible to do our part in this energy transition.” Glowa said the goal is to create “unionized green jobs” and “repair historic injustices.”

“There will never be a point where we can admit defeat, because any extra percent of a degree of warming will always lead to more extreme weather, damaged communities, ecological chaos, and human suffering,” Glowa claimed.

Glowa celebrated last year’s decision by Golden Valley Electric Association to close down one of Alaska largest coal fired power plants, and urged her followers to pressure the borough to take similar measures across multiple sectors.

The very first guiding principle in the Fairbanks borough’s community engagement plan attempts to link environmental policies to elements found in critical race theory.

It claims that low income, disabled, immigrant, elderly, and “black and brown” communities are “more susceptible to the negative impacts of climate change.”

It blames this on “systemic racism, classism and discrimination,” and says any effective climate plan must be explicitly dedicated to achieving so-called “equity, inclusion and environmental justice.”

Final approval of the climate plan rests with the borough assembly. That decision is not expected until later this year.

TAKING ACTION

— Click here to read the current version of the climate plan.

— In order to provide public comments during the Jan. 24 – either in person or telephonically – participants must sign up before 4:30 p.m. by calling the clerk’s office at (907) 459-1404.

— Click here for more information about the Jan. 24 meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

— Click here to contact members of the Fairbanks Borough Assembly.

Click here to support Alaska Watchman reporting.

TONIGHT: Hard-left activists aim to pressure Fairbanks to adopt controversial climate plan

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


12 Comments

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    More HOG wash by brain dead liberals. Oh and don’t forget to through in the race. and. What a bunch of crap. If they only could see earth 1000,10,000, or a million years ago. If it wasn’t for global warming we’d be under 5 miles of glacaieral ice still. Get a grip people, the sky is not falling or at least in our life times.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Whew. Can you imagine Fairbanks in the dead of winter without “fossil fuels” to heat their homes or to get from point A to point B in their vehicles? I hope that the residents of Fairbanks are joining together to fight against this take-down. Makes me wonder what the 2 million person Green camp up near Fairbanks will be heated with if not with “fossil fuels?

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Rabid cult. Most of these protestors likely not even from Alaska. No logic, no common sense, no education. Mindlessly following the cult mantras that have no verifiable foundation of any truth. It does not matter what happens with the climate. They will follow and chant whatever fabricated narrative is put before them. If it rains, horror or horrors! It must be green house gasses! If it doesn’t rain – ozone layer, smog – whatever suits their imagination. If it is warm, if it is cold, it doesn’t matter. The cultists change, just like the weather. Pawns of the real agenda – power, control, an elitist globalist Marxist society where most citizens are just worker drones to support the ‘chosen’ ones as John Kerry blatantly admitted. What fools these protestors are.

  • Mary says:

    My, my. Sell this to the multitude of Alaskan natives in rural communities that heat with nothing but wood!

    • Steve P Peterson says:

      Yes, many Alaskans, such as myself, heat with wood, and much of southern Alaska does, but most Native people north of Bethel, at least along the coast, stay warm with heating oil (often subsidized because of high cost), and they use propane for cooking. I’m betting that those folks are not desirous of, or prepared to go back to earthen huts heated by seal oil lamps. Unfortunately, they vote Democrat bloc- the very element that feeds the climate alarmist agenda. When will they learn, that like black Americans, they are just pawns of the elite?

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Mary, there are places in Alaska that do not have enough trees to support heating with wood, so folks have to heat with “fossil fuels.” From my understanding, Dunleavy is locking down state lands so that people cannot go out and get firewood. I am so sorry that the villages along the coast and in the interior have wool pulled over their eyes and cannot see the genocide against them.

  • Jon Ewig says:

    On Tuesday, January 24th, 2023 at 11:02 AM, Jon and Ruth Ewig wrote:
    1-24-2023
    To: Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly members
    From: Jon and Ruth Ewig
    2325-30th Avenue
    Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
    907-750-4362
    We would like to recommend that the borough not take-up the “mythical climate control” agenda. All energy and resources spent on the mythical problem will be wasted and can be better used to help our borough. If all of the borough problems are solved and all borough projects are implemented and nothing else needs fixing in our borough, then let’s have a discussion as to how our borough will save the world.
    Note: If you have deep-seeded fears, find a church and pray about these fears.
    Recommended reading:: STATE OF FEAR by Michael Crighton

    Respectfully yours,

    (signed)

    Jon Ewig

  • Richard Eide says:

    I testified Tues. eve. at the Bor. mtg.. Said, “Those who insist upon this “Climate Change” Plan should be the ones who collectively dig into their own pockets to pay the cost of it.” Indeed, if you feed at the table of climate change dogma, don’t force everyone else to fund your religion.

  • Steve P Peterson says:

    As with most liberals/progressives/communists, these people are out of touch with reality. They really have no idea about the cost of things, or how things work. They are childish idealists who worship at the feet of such phonies as Al Gore and Greta Thundberg. If people in Fairbanks allow them to have their way and do not push them out of the discussion, then Fairbanksans will be having some very cold winters ahead of them. I can only surmise that this leftist element comes from the University. Fairbanks used to be a down-to-earth, level-headed pioneer community. What happened?

    • Caleb Murphy says:

      Are you in touch with reality Steve P? Do you believe a virgin can give birth?

      • nunya says:

        Don’t even imply that leftists are anything but psychotic lunatics. That is as clear as 1+1=2 or the fact that there are only two genders.

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