Governor Dunleavy: Ignorance Is Not Bliss


WC’s adopted state, Idaho, is politically a very conservative place. More conservative than Alaska, in most respects. At least until recently. But Idaho’s conservatism isn’t ostrich-head-in-the-sand conservatism. Unlike, say, Alaska. WC is speaking here of the approach to climate change. Governor Dunleavy in February abolished Alaska’s climate change commission. He didn’t explain why he issued…

Izembek National Wildlife Refuge Uplands (photographer unknown)

A Couple of Wins for the Good Guys


Good news for Alaska conservationists has been scarce the last two years. Too many old fights have come back. So when on a single day, Friday, March 29, 2019, there are two different wins, well, it’s worth a blog post. The first win came for Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Disgraced former Secretary of the Interior…

Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Black Rapids, Alaska

Cause, Effect and Kara Moriarty


Kara Moriarty is a flack for the oil and gas industry.1 Her wages are paid by ExxonMobile and British Petroleum, among others, through the Alaska Oil and Gas Association. You know, the folks who pay royalty and property taxes on North Slope production. So when Kara Moriarty says current tax levels are just fine, a…

A shifty-eyed Governor Mike Dunleavy, March 9, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

Dunleavy Violates His Oath of Office


Governor Dunleavy, as required by the Alaska Constitution, took an oath of office, swearing that he did “solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Alaska, and that I will faithfully discharge my duties as Governor of the State of…

A shifty-eyed Governor Mike Dunleavy, March 9, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

Mike Dunleavy Steps In It


Idaho has a lot of cattle. Almost certainly too many. So many that you have to be careful where you step when you’re outside of a town, or you’ll get something on your boot you probably don’t want. There aren’t many cattle in Alaska, but Governor Dunleavy has stepped in something and gotten stuff all…