I got two videos up of that first morning panel, but just didn't manage to get this one up as well. But I did get rough notes of his talk up (along with the other speakers) here. So I'm finally getting the Balash video up now.
He began by mentioning that climate change means the ice roads on the north slope are melting earlier and freezing later, so they may need to be rebuilt as gravel roads.
Then he started talking about how federal regulations to control global warming were a serious threat to Alaska. I only caught a bit of his speech on video, but you get the drift. I didn't edit anything out. This is just the only video I got. But if you've ever tried to live blog, putting up text of what the speakers are saying, photos, and video as it's all happening, you'll understand that you can only keep up so long.
My notes, from the earlier post, have him ending discussing the use of science.
We try to make our decisions as often as possible on the best science. We also rely on scientists. Will continue to manage those resources with ever changing climate in mind.[The more recent developments where state scientists were required to espouse state policy contrary to the science, suggests that what he meant by "as often as possible" was 'only when the science supports the administration's policy.']
Larry Hartig, the Commissioner of Environmental Conservation followed Balash. Hartig seems to take a related stance, but he was much more sophisticated about it. He said there were two paths for dealing with Global Warming: mitigation (trying to slow it down) and adaptation (trying to live with the consequences.) He strongly defended the Palin administration's work on Climate Change. My notes on his address are in that same post of the conference.
The fact that we will have to do a lot on adaptation comes from, as I see it, the very strong campaign of the global warming deniers. They staved off changes that might have minimized the damage by taking stands like Balash who says the regulations to mitigate climate change, not climate change itself, are the problem. And now that they've done all they could to prevent mitigation, they blithely jump to adaptation as though they had nothing to do with why the adaptation is going to be so difficult and costly.
My other posts from the Classrooms for Climate conference are here.