According to the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, Alaska lawmakers are considering not funding universities where professors and students speak out against the oil and mining (coal) industries.
This is an obvious and disgusting example of a government turned against it’s people by the huge bribes of powerful lobbyists.
The article mentions that 85% to 90% of the state’s treasury is dependent upon the oil industry.
The lawmakers in Alaska, Texas, the U.S. government, and everywhere else are more often than not being lobbied by oil and coal and other corrupted, greedy, monopolistic powers to the point where the voices of their constituents are drowned out by the money used to put them in office and to bribe them to influence policy.
Young, liberal, progressive people want clean, safe, renewable, affordable power from solar, wind, and water.
The old, conservative rich want to maintain their stranglehold on energy to keep their cash streams flowing, even if it means constant war and global warming which threatens to flood 2/3 of the world’s people in the next few decades.
This is one of many reasons that I propose a new system of government regulations where our elected officials must get the input of the people on each issue, perhaps through votes on websites, where each person is issued a unique voter ID number, so that when they then vote against what the majority of voters want, it will be blatantly obvious that they are owned by lobbyists.
As for the issue of what an end to (phasing out of) the oil and coal industries would mean to the employment and commerce of Alaska, Texas, and other states and nations, I still contend that, if handled right, in order to prevent economic disaster, the companies and employees now responsible for these troublesome and polluting businesses could be guided into being the companies and employees in charge of designing, building, and manning a new age of solar, wind, and hydro-dynamic power grids, under the administration of a coalition of government agencies and independent private watch-dog groups.