JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska officials have taken a first step toward a comprehensive plan to address climate issues in the state.

The Juneau Empire reports the Climate Action Leadership Team, appointed by Gov. Bill Walker, released a draft document for a state-level climate policy earlier this month.

The document outlines plans to reduce greenhouse gas by 30 percent and a 15 percent increase in energy efficiency by 2025.

The draft recommends a switch to 50 percent renewable electricity sources by that same year.

It also proposes using carbon pricing, a market-based method for reducing greenhouse gas emissions which puts a price on carbon emissions.

A report by the Department of Environmental Conservation says Alaska has the fourth highest per-capita greenhouse gas emissions of any state in the country.

Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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