The world is getting warmer. The weather is getting weirder. And in Alaska, we have a front row seat. This summer, Alaska’s Energy Desk returns with all-new episodes of our podcast, Midnight Oil. Season Two is called The Big Thaw. Last season, we looked back -- at the state’s roller-coaster history with oil. This time, we're looking forward, to one of the biggest question marks ahead: climate change. What does it mean to be an oil state in a warming world?
Check out Cruise Town
If you liked Midnight Oil, you'll surely like Cruise Town, a new podcast from KTOO about Juneau, Alaska -- a town of 32,000 people, playing host to over a million cruise ship passengers every year. It explores how Juneau became a cruise town, what it’s like to live in a cruise town and what the city’s future holds in light of the industry’s explosive growth.
Alaska is on the verge of a new oil boom -- and the village of Nuiqsut is right in the middle. Oil development is affecting Nuiqsut more than any other indigenous community in Alaska. And the village faces tough choices. How do you maintain a way of life when the oil industry is knocking on your door?
Coming Soon: Bonus Episode
Midnight Oil is back! Alaska is on the verge of a new oil boom -- and the village of Nuiqsut is right in the middle. Oil development is affecting Nuiqsut more than any other indigenous community in Alaska. And the village faces tough choices. How do you maintain a way of life when the oil industry is knocking on your door? Reporter Elizabeth Harball tells the story in a bonus episode of Midnight Oil coming May 9, 2019.
Paying Dividends, Ep 1: Making Good
Alaska’s new governor promised to pay dividends of more than $6,000 when he was running for office. But delivering on that promise isn’t going to be simple. It might not even be possible, because the legislature that holds the permanent fund’s purse strings. What do lawmakers think about Dunleavy’s promise? Will they work with him or against him to balance the budget and pay big dividends?
Our new podcast: Paying Dividends
Midnight Oil listeners know that Alaska’s an oil state and that Alaskans get a personal cut of the state’s oil wealth every year in the form of a dividend. But oil prices are way down and the state has a multi billion dollar budget deficit. Our new podcast ‘Paying Dividends’ explores the struggle our governor and lawmakers face to keep paying those oil checks and also keep the state running.
Ep. 5: The Culprits
Climate change is now an undeniable reality for the oil industry. It threatens their reputations, their business models - and in some cases, the actual physical infrastructure they’ve built to extract all that oil in the first place. That’s forcing the industry to confront some uncomfortable questions.
Great show. I enjoyed learning about Alaska and it’s oil&gas industry. Would be great to hear more especially since BP decided to sell its ownership to HilCorp.
Entertaining and Historical
This is a great telling of the story of oil in the Last Frontier, presented through interesting interviews and well-produced stories. Second season on climate change is equally great.
Keep up the great work
It is fantastic to hear such relevant and professional journalism being produced in state👍👍