Alaska, the state warming twice as fast as the rest of the nation, is a canary in the coalmine for climate disruption. Across the state, the effects of climate change are being experienced – some areas much more poignantly and life altering than others.
In Alaska, the people own the natural resources. Unlike other states, Article 8 of our Constitution requires that those resources, including oil and gas, be used wisely for “the maximum benefit of its people”. Royalties from non-renewable oil and gas sales are collected and part of the earnings redistributed to Alaskans in the form of a Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) according to a specific formula.