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Climate Change Impacts on the Alaskan Ecosystem [VIDEO]

December 26, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

Climate Change and Alaska

The northern latitudes are experiencing some of the most dynamic impacts from climate change. This video, done by a student as a final project for a Climate Dynamics Class, explores some of the effects and consequences climate change will have in Alaska.[read more]

Alaskan Wave Energy Project Receives Project Management Support

November 14, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Alaska and Wave Energy

Located on the Gulf of Alaska, the 750 kW Yakutat Wave Energy Project is set to make life easier for locales who have so far had to rely on diesel prices as high as $8 per gallon, thanks to the 1,000 mile journey the fuel has to make by road to get there.[read more]

Climate Change, Industrial Development, and Wildlife Migration

June 22, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Wildlife and Climate Change


People living in Savoonga, Alaska like to call their village the “Walrus Capital of the World.” and it sits at the mouth of the Bering Strait, where roughly 80 percent of all North Pacific walruses migrate through these narrow waters yearly.[read more]

Shell Suspends Arctic Drilling for 2013

March 2, 2013 by Marianne Lavelle

The troubles that roiled Shell’s rig, the Kulluk, off the coast of Alaska this past winter will reverberate through the summer; the oil company announced it would not seek to drill in U.S. Arctic waters in 2013.[read more]

North Dakota Overtakes Alaska in Oil Production

July 30, 2012 by James Coan


While we’re in Alaska, we keep hearing the same joke that if Alaska were split in two, Texas would be the third largest state. It turns out that when it comes to oil production, there’s a new state that’s fallen to third place – Alaska.In March, North Dakota passed Alaska to be the second-largest oil producer. From the AP:North Dakota...[read more]

Video: Alaska's Offshore Oil - Hope or Peril?

May 24, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

The U.S. government is considering plans to increase oil and gas production off Alaska, and major companies are eying untapped resources in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. But these potential oil and gas fields are in pristine areas, called “the garden” by native Inupiat tribes, that have been hunted and fished for thousands of years. energyNOW! correspondent Dan Goldstein travels to Alaska’s North Slope to find out if offshore drilling can co-exist with an ancient way of life.[read more]

Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Thwarted By Shale Gas

March 9, 2011 by Michael Giberson

In February, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission made its eleventh report to the U.S. Congress on the status of efforts to build a natural gas pipeline in Alaska. The twice-annual reports are required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Three efforts to bring gas from the North Slope of Alaska to market seem to be underway:...[read more]

Half Full and Half Empty?

April 1, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles

Yesterday's announcement by President Obama that his administration would allow new offshore drilling on selected portions of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that had formerly been off-limits yielded a variety of reactions. Energy industry leaders were cautiously optimistic, environmentalists were disappointed or "outraged", and the...[read more]

Murkowski to Senate: Drill the Arctic or my state gets it! - Opposes bipartisan energy and climate bill if no ANWR drilling; Lieberman says, "That's a deal-breaker."

March 5, 2010 by Joseph Romm

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has decided to hold the fate of her state, nation, and world hostage to drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as explained by guest blogger Daniel J. Weiss, CAPAF’s Director of Climate Strategy. Murkowski gave a long impassioned speech when she introduced her “Dirty Air Act” – a Congressional Review...[read more]

Shale gas supplies and the Alaska gas pipeline question

February 2, 2010 by Michael Giberson

For 30 odd years there has been talk of building a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope of Alaska into Canada and down to the lower 48 states.  For a time it seemed almost a necessity given the prospects of diminishing gas supplies in the lower 48 and the cost of competing on the world market for LNG imports.  Then, of...[read more]

Stretching the meaning of “price gouging” in Venezuela and Alaska

January 19, 2010 by Michael Giberson

What does “price gouging” mean?  Commonly it is taken to refer to merchants raising prices substantially on necessities during emergencies.  Each of the three elements – substantial price increase, necessary items, emergency periods – is part of a proto-typical case of price gouging. However, the term is frequently also used...[read more]

Oligopoly in Alaska’s wholesale gasoline market

October 9, 2009 by Michael Giberson

Last year, as crude oil and gasoline prices went on their wild ride, gasoline prices in Alaska took a somewhat different path than prices in the lower 48 states.  For years, average prices in Alaska were about the same as the U.S. average price.  Higher costs of delivery in Alaska were mostly offset by the nation’s lowest...[read more]

Murkowski steps up for nuclear energy

June 2, 2009 by Dan Yurman

The senator from one of the biggest oil states in the nation has become a leading advocate for nuclear energy Alaskan Sen. Lisa Murkowski is taking a leadership role advocating in Congress for nuclear energy to be supported in energy legislation now working its way through the Energy & Natural Resources Committee. On June 2...[read more]

Assessing Trade-Offs

March 23, 2009 by Geoffrey Styles

Today's posting serves in lieu of a letter to the editors of the New York Times, in response to the misleading comparisons drawn in today's editorial concerning the "Lessons of the Exxon Valdez." The editorial characterizes oil development as "an inherently risky, dirty business — especially so in the forbidding waters of the Arctic." It...[read more]