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What I saw in Alaska: Dr. John P. Holdren, The White House

The White House, Washington

This week, President Obama is visiting Alaska to experience firsthand how climate change is affecting Alaska and the greater Arctic, and to meet with Alaskans across the state — in locations as diverse as Anchorage, Seward, Dillingham, and Kotzebue — who are dealing with the consequences of climate change.

In support of the President’s trip, I spent the past two days making my own stops in Alaska to learn more about how climate change is already affecting local communities and ecosystems, and to engage with Alaskans working to tackle climate-related challenges.

I was joined on the trip by three other senior officials from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP): Tamara Dickinson, the leader of OSTP’s Environment & Energy division; Ambassador Mark Brzezinski, Executive Director of the U.S. Government’s Arctic Executive Steering Committee and former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden; and Beth Kerttula, Director of the National Ocean Council, as well as a native Alaskan and former minority leader in the Alaska state legislature. I wanted to share a few observations with you about what we saw.

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OSTP’s Ambassador Mark Brzezinski (far left), Tamara Dickinson (fourth from left), Director John Holdren (second from right) and Beth Kerttula (far right) with staff of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.

On Saturday, we visited the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, a nonprofit corporation that develops sustainable, cost-effective building technologies tailored to Alaska and other polar regions. We also toured the Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility. Studies conducted at this underground laboratory (one of only two permafrost tunnels in the world!) help us better understand how climate change is accelerating permafrost thaw, and the associated impacts on communities and ecosystems.

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Inside the Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility.

We kicked off Sunday by hearing from participants in the Fulbright Arctic Initiative about the research that Initiative scholars from the United States and other Arctic nations are doing on critical topics like energy, water, and health and infrastructure. In the afternoon, we met with scholars who are younger, but no less impressive: students in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, which supports science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for Alaska natives from sixth grade all the way through college and graduate programs.

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Meeting with students in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP).

During our trip, we also participated in roundtable discussions with students and faculty at the University of Alaska (UAA) Fairbanks and UAA Anchorage, researchers who are working on the cutting edge of Arctic climate science. And we met with the mayors of Anchorage, Fairbanks, the Northwest Arctic Borough, and other Alaskan municipalities, as well as with officials of federal departments and agencies with offices in Alaska, to talk about their efforts to prepare for and adapt to climate change, and the ways in which the federal government can best support them.

Alaska represents the frontlines of our fight against climate change. What my OSTP colleagues and I have seen and heard over the past two days has powerfully augmented our understanding of the range of dramatic impacts that climate change is having on ecosystems and communities in the far North. I believe that the stops that President Obama will make in Alaska this week — including a historic visit to the Alaskan Arctic — will further underscore for the nation the importance of taking strong action to combat climate change now.

So I encourage you to follow the President’s trip at WhiteHouse.gov/Alaska, and to join this Administration in working together to #ActOnClimate.

More soon —


Dr. John P. Holdren
Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy
The White House

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It’s 2015 and we still can’t fix stupid …


Just another rant…


Just another rant…


I posted an article by George Heymont about NOT being able to “You can’t Fix Stupid” from 2012 and it is still relevant. We have folks in positions of power acting and voting against voters. We have Politicians on all levels, some voted into office on the local and state level, others have seats in Congress seemingly all or most are from the Republican Party; clearly acting out, doing the best they can to make sure someone who looks like our POTUS; a man of colour, a minority, never gets into office again.

 The only thing that keeps coming to my mind is what the character of “Forrest Gump,” says, “stupid is as stupid does” since election 2008. The fact is voters have gotten a box of chocolates like the character “Forrest Gump,” says, “We never know what we are going to get” which is how I feel. When Republicans are in charge of Congress get on the airwaves, talk to constituents, get on the floor of Congress to vote, or try to pass legislation with nasty poison pills with riders our fellow Americans are hurt.

 My question, when will voters decide that while there is nothing wrong with disagreeing, debating, voting and trying to pass legislation. This 114th Congress, led by the extreme right in both Chambers seems to believe that most if not all legislation should be for the rich and not for the good of all. I find it offensive to think our US Congress cannot seem to find a fair conclusion that allows all Americans to prosper instead of assuming pushing and voting for that 1-2% when the trickle down system no longer works (never worked). If you listen to Republicans honestly, voters who sat on the sidelines helped guarantee Mitt Romney’s attitude is not only alive and well but still very active in the 114th Congress. We all have to believe this is stupid! …


  Photo is from twitter


~ Nativegrl77

photo is from twitter

~ Nativegrl77

Follow Along: The President’s Trip to Alaska

President Obama is traveling to Alaska today to shine a spotlight on what Alaskans in particular have come to know: Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face, it is being driven by human activity, and it is disrupting Americans’ lives right now.

During his visit, the President will share his experience with people around the country first-hand.

Learn more about why the President is going to Alaska, and sign up here to get the latest photos and videos from his trip.

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