Read about our priorities for 2012!
Alaska Conservation Voters is pleased to present our priorities for the 2012 legislative session! Each year we choose three priorities that serve to focus our work during the legislative session and throughout the year.
Our 2012 priorities are:
- Fix it First
Governor Parnell has expressed support for six large-scale transportation projects across Alaska that would threaten fisheries and wildlife across the state, use public money to benefit corporate special interests, and not provide value to Alaskans. Transportation funding must be prioritized to maintain and improve existing infrastructure throughout the state – infrastructure that benefits our communities and families.
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- Energy Efficiency
Alaska has made impressive gains in energy efficiency services over the past several years. Alaska Housing Finance Corporation continues to manage the successful Home Energy Rebate and Weatherization programs. Public buildings are being audited and improved to save energy and money. Examples of Alaskan families saving thousands of dollars yearly after completing an energy retrofit are common. Energy efficiency makes good fiscal sense, so it’s natural to look for more opportunities for our state.
- Toxics Phase-Out
PBDEs (Polybrominated Diphinyl Ethers) are a toxic class of chemicals used as flame retardants in TVs, computers, mattresses and other common household goods. Health studies indicate that PBDEs cause cancer and reproductive problems and lead to slower brain development in children.
Over the past decade, some manufacturers have acknowledged that PBDEs are harmful, identified cost-effective flame retardants that are less dangerous, and have voluntarily stopped using PBDEs in their goods.
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