Alaskans have heard a lot of talk over the years about diversifying the state's economy so we are less dependent on gyrations of the world oil market.
One way to do that is to use local resources to meet our needs where possible, instead of importing them from Outside.
One place that can happen is in Southeast Alaska, which has to bring in large amounts of diesel fuel. The region's forests may be able to supply wood for fuel and offset diesel imports.
The Coast Guard is looking into the idea for heating its Southeast Alaska facilities.
It's definitely an idea worth checking out. It could create a local market for a local resource and help create local jobs.
The Coast Guard's project would be similar to what the city of Craig is doing on Prince of Wales Island.
Using $1.6 million of grants and city funds, Craig has installed a wood boiler that supplies heat to the city's aquatic center and two schools.
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