In an inversion, there's no place for the smoke to go.

In an inversion, there's no place for the smoke to go.

 

Air Quality

The issue of air quality in Fairbanks is complicated.

Last winter, Fairbanks had almost 40 days where the air quality was listed as moderate or higher. North Pole had over 40 days. Breathing air with so much particulate pollution is bad for everyone—so bad that there are days where kids can't go outside to play at recess because of the air pollution!

On the other hand, people need to be able to heat their homes, and wood (unlike fuel oil) is a renewable resource. (We have two wood stoves in our house that we use to help heat our home.)

Figuring out how to balance the need of everyone to be able to breathe clean air, even during the worst inversion, with the need of people to affordably heat their homes, is one of the most challenging issues facing the Borough Assembly.

I believe that it is important that whatever solutions we can develop to help solve this problem must be local solutions, developed in consultation with people actually affected by the problems, rather than imposed from Outside.


The Other Issues:

  A Space for Everyone

A Space for Everyone

  Diversifying the Economy

Diversifying the Economy

  Education

Education