JUNEAU, Alaska — Gov. Bill Walker says he plans to emphasize the importance of the state being able to develop its resources during President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to the state.
Walker told reporters he anticipates some one-on-one time with Obama, who plans to highlight the issue of climate change during his trip.
Walker says the visit will provide an opportunity for Alaskans to tell their own story. He says Obama’s characterization of the impact of climate change on Alaska is a starting point for a discussion.
The governor says he wants to raise with Obama the issue of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Walker joined the congressional delegation earlier this year in blasting an administration proposal to designate much of the refuge, including the potentially oil-rich coastal plain, as wilderness.