Administrative Order No. 238 Page: Title Page
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Office of the Governor: Administrative Orders
Wm in isIralo e Orders
4I FROM THE OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR OF ALASKA
Sarah Palin STATE OF ALASKA September 14th, 2007
GOVERNOR OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 238
I, Sarah Palin, Governor of the State of Alaska, under the authority of art. III, secs. 1
and 24 of the Alaska Constitution establish the Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet to
advise the Office of the Governor on the preparation and implementation of an Alaska
climate change strategy.
BACKGROUND AND FINDINGS
Scientific evidence shows many areas of Alaska are experiencing a warming trend.
Many experts predict that Alaska, along with our northern latitude neighbors, will continue
to warm at a faster pace than any other state, and the warming will continue for decades.
Climate change is not just an environmental issue. It is also a social, cultural, and economic
issue important to all Alaskans. As a result of this warming, coastal erosion, thawing
permafrost, retreating sea ice, record forest fires, and other changes are affecting, and will
continue to affect, the lifestyles and livelihoods of Alaskans. Alaska needs a strategy to
identify and mitigate potential impacts of climate change and to guide its efforts in
evaluating and addressing known or suspected causes of climate change. Alaska's climate
change strategy must be built on sound science and the best available facts and must
recognize Alaska's interest in economic growth and the development of its resources.
Commercializing Alaska's great natural gas reserves through a new pipeline will improve
the nation's energy security while providing a clean, low carbon fuel to help the nation
reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions.
PURPOSE AND DUTIES
The purpose of the Climate Change Sub-Cabinet is to advise the Office of the Governor
on the preparation and implementation of an Alaska climate change strategy. This strategy
should include building the state's knowledge of the actual and foreseeable effects of
climate warming in Alaska, developing appropriate measures and policies to prepare
communities in Alaska for the anticipated impacts from climate change, and providing
guidance regarding Alaska's participation in regional and national efforts addressing the
causes and effects of climate change.
In view of its purpose, the Climate Change Sub-Cabinet shall develop recommendations
on the following:
1. the assembly of scientific research, modeling, and mapping information in ways that
will help the public and policymakers understand the actual and projected effects of
climate change in Alaska, including the time frames in which those effects are likely
to take place;
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Palin, Sarah. Administrative Order No. 238, text, September 2007; Juneau, Alaska. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc226712/m1/1/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .