Marilyn Sigman

Marilyn Sigman

Marilyn Sigman is a retired climate science educator in Homer, Alaska, and author of the book "Entangled: People and Ecological Change in Alaska’s Kachemak Bay."

A portion of Interior Alaska is seen from the Alaska Highway, roughly 25 miles east of the Manh Choh mine site on April 27, 2022. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/Alaska Beacon)

It is time for Alaska to just say ‘no’ to bad carbon math

By: - October 30, 2023

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is deliberately bad at carbon math. He “needs” all Alaskans to ignore the math and just say “yes” to everything, including development projects that will collectively emit a lot more greenhouse gases, while touting a state carbon offset program that will alter the amount of emissions already in the atmosphere by zero. […]

The Interior boreal forest is seen on Sept. 20. 2022, from an overlook along the Parks Highway on the edge of Fairbanks. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Gov. Dunleavy’s carbon math is bad

By: - September 21, 2023

Gov. Mike Dunleavy persuaded Alaska’s Legislature to create a carbon offset program that monetizes the carbon dioxide that trees on state land breathe in and the carbon they store through photosynthesis. His 10-year budget plan relies heavily on filling gaps from dwindling oil revenues with carbon credit cash. Speaking with journalist Nathaniel Herz, he made […]