A group of global warming alarmists has been forced to shorten an outdoor rally in Fairbanks this week due to dangerously low temperatures that have dipped to negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Activists associated with the Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition (FCAC) are now planning to hold a brief 30-minute gathering, which they have coined “The Winds of Change Rally,” to pressure the Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) to agree to buy wind-generated power and transition away from fossil fuels.
The Jan. 23 rally is set to occur outside the GVEA office in Fairbanks, with FCAC activist planning to flood the board meeting with signs and testimony after they warm up from the frigid weather.
“Due to the cold temps, we’ll be pushing back the start time for tomorrow’s Winds of Change Rally,” a Jan. 22 alert from the group stated. “This way we’ll only be outside for 30 minutes before heading inside to testify. Please come prepared to stay warm and safe!”
Formed in November 2015, FCAC whole heartedly ascribes to the controversial notion that man-made global warming is destroying the earth, and that the main culprit is human dependence on fossil fuels. They are also staunch defenders of abortion, and often meld the issues. The FCAC’s website describes itself as a “growing group of concerned citizens motivated by the moral, spiritual, and scientific duty to take action” for “the earth, and all living beings.”
Ultimately, FCAC wants the electric company to completely transition away from all fossil fuels – including low-cost coal and even natural gas – a move that will likely mean much higher electricity bills for those living in the Fairbanks area.
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While the upcoming rally may not change any of the activists minds, the event is occurring at a time when Arctic Sea ice is growing at near record levels, and bitter cold is gripping much of the U.S.
This past December, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported that sea ice recorded its third-highest monthly gain in the modern 45-year record. According to the science blog No Tricks Zone, January is expected to be another cold and above average ice-building month in the Arctic.
For the upcoming GVEA meeting, activists want the electric company’s board to sign power purchase agreements with the AMERESCO Delta Wind Project, and the Alaska Renewables Shovel Creek wind project. They also want GVEA to agree to a long-term alternative energy plan that ultimately eliminates use of much cheaper fossil fuels.
The GVEA cooperative was formed nearly 80 years ago, when locals were looking for ways to provide reasonably priced electricity to rural parts of Interior Alaska. Today, GVEA serves nearly 100,000 residents in Fairbanks and Interior regions.