Monday, October 26, 2015

224.6 - Clown Award: Alaska Gov. Bill Walker

Clown Award: Alaska Gov. Bill Walker

Now for another of our regular features. It's the Clown Award, given as always for an act of meritorious stupidity.

The winner of the Big Red Nose this week is Alaska Gov. Bill Walker.

In a recent interview with the BBC, Walker said the state is facing "a significant fiscal challenge" due to climate change. There are, he said, about 12 villages at risk of being washed away by rising sea levels and coastal erosion driven by global warming.

Dealing with that, which could involve having to move the villages inland, would be "very expensive," he said, something on the order of $100 million.

Gov. Bill Walker
So what is the answer offered by the governor of a state with neither income taxes nor sales taxes?

It is, he said, "an absolute urgency" for the feds to allow for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge so that Alaska can increase its income from the levies it places on production.

So let's sum up: Global climate change, driven largely by burning of fossil fuels such as oil, threatens 12 Alaskan villages with destruction. And the only solution the governor of Alaska can come up with is to do more of the very thing that caused the crisis in the first place.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker: really and truly thinking like a clown.

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