As part of Cook Inletkeeper's Energy Plan for the future we realize that increased efficiencies in our individual energy use is an integral piece. As citizens of Alaska, the United States, and the world we can help contribute to the solution by cutting back our individual energy footprint through conservation and increased efficiencies.
Cook Inletkeeper’s Energy Campaign envisions a cleaner and more accountable energy industry in Cook Inlet which minimizes impacts to habitat, wildlife, water quality and human health, and which recognizes corporate and government responsibilities to local communities and resources. Inletkeeper works to ensure Cook Inlet’s energy industry meets or exceeds state and national labor and environmental standards, and reflects the unique conditions of Cook Inlet. Inletkeeper’s goals are to:
- eliminate toxic discharges from the fossil fuel industry and reduce the emission of greenhouse gases;
- stop or alter oil and gas lease sales and proposals for expanded fossil-fuel development to protect sensitive wetlands, water quality and important fisheries;
- secure tug escorts and/or assists for single hull tankers and barges, and ensure the best possible performance for fossil fuel facility operators;
- promote sustainable jobs and renewable energy through tidal power and other alternatives.
Inletkeeper’s targeted energy strategies include aggressive legal, scientific and technical advocacy, effective citizen education and organizing, persuasive media outreach, and thoughtful pro-worker, pro-community messages.
Because these environmental issues are occurring in the middle of Alaska’s most populated region – where hundreds of thousands of Alaskans work and recreate each year - Cook Inlet offers the best opportunity to highlight problems - and recommend solutions - for some of the thorniest issues surrounding hydrocarbon development, global climate change, and fish and wildlife conservation. While Cook Inletkeeper will continue to focus on the direct effects of oil and gas activities on fish, people and wildlife (i.e. toxic discharges, seismic noise, pipeline spills, etc), it will increasingly combine its oil and gas advocacy work with its salmon habitat protection work toward addressing the most immediate impacts and root causes of climate change in Alaska.