10-20-16 Kenai Citizen Laments Ak-LNG Slowdown

"Experience is a dear teacher...."  B. Franklin/W. Shakespeare (See Alaska Public Media story, right column.) We would only point out that certain longtime advocates of strong state participation in an Alaska LNG project have experienced a personal reality lesson.  The lesson is that oil and gas investment is risky.   When government and citizens become involved in energy projects, they subject themselves to risk.   This is why we have consistently counseled public officials to avoid equity investment in private projects.   The private sector is ready, willing and [...]

By | October 20th, 2016|Commentary, LNG|0 Comments

10-17-16 Alaska LNG: Among World’s Least Competitive

Click edit button to change this text. Andrew Browning. Northern Gas Pipeline file photo by Dave Harbour A panel of experts gave their views on the shifting supply-demand balance, which is bolstered by more takeaway capacity to Mexico and via newly opened terminals on the Gulf Coast. Four panelists, including one from Canada, expressed different views about what was unfolding, but all agreed that the supply-demand picture will be quite different by the end of next year, not to mention the next 10 years, during the [...]

By | October 17th, 2016|Alaska Taxes, Commentary, Fracking, Interstate Gas, Intrastate Gas, LNG|0 Comments

10-14-16 We Lament The Passing of Former Premier Jim Prentice!

James Prentice. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour We lament the passing of a great Canadian leader: Former premier Jim Prentice, who, with three others, was killed in Kelowna-area plane crash, yesterday. When we chaired an Arctic Gas Symposium in Calgary, it was a pleasure to dust off our French and introduce Jim in both of his country's languages.  We sat together over lunch discussing his desire to see an Arctic gas pipeline properly developed with minimal delay...and his love for hunting pheasants in the Dakotas.  He seemed [...]

By | October 14th, 2016|Alaska Taxes, Alaska's Fiscal Crisis, Commentary|0 Comments

10-11-16 The New President Will Bring Alaska (and America) To Energy Based Prosperity Or Poverty

We'd love to see you tomorrow night in Anchorage!  -dh Let's Keep Our Eyes On The Prize: One Presidential Candidate Will Support Reasonable Energy Policies That Build Prosperity And The Other Will Support Unreasonable, Impoverishing Energy Policies.   Dear Readers: Respectfully. It's not whether we prefer the morals of one imperfect candidate over another.  Both are flawed, as have been past presidents, as have been ourselves. One, in our opinion is more fatally flawed than the other, but setting that aside, we choose to focus on the prize. Since our [...]

10-11-16 Join Us Tomorrow (Wednesday) 6 p.m.!

ALASKA WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL SOCIAL EVENT (MORE INFO HERE) Join us at 5:30pm for a social mixer with our guest speakers prior to the program start at 6:00pm. Beverages will be available for purchase during the event and social hour. Please plan to arrive earlier if you plan to eat food prior to the program or plan to try 49th State Brewing Co‘s delicious food after the discussion. Speakers: Community Perspective – Mead Treadwell Prior to joining Pt Capital as President, Mead Treadwell served as Alaska’s lieutenant governor and was [...]

10-10-16 Did Alaska’s Senators Jump The Gun Trashing Trump?

Our take on this headline: Alaska Sens. Sullivan and Murkowski call on Donald Trump to drop out of presidential race After the disgusting Trump "hot mike" comments from 11 years ago, we collected our thoughts and offered them to Tim Pawlenty last Saturday.  Today, we wish we had similarly counselled Alaska's Senators to not, "jump the gun".  After all the outrage and dust settles, the reality is that a Clinton administration would 1) put the nail in Alaska's natural resource coffin, and 2) coordinate with the liberal Canadian Prime Minister on [...]

10-8-16 More On Governor’s Korea Trip

Re: Governor's Asian trips, see previous posts: 10-7-16, 10-3-16, 10-2-16 TODAY: Gov. Walker headed to South Korea to promote gas pipeline, Alaska Dispatch News.  Keith Meyer, president of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., will accompany Walker on the trip, according to a statement from the governor's ... Walker to return to S. Korea to pitch gasline plan - Alaska Public Radio Network Governor Bill Walker Plans International Energy Forum Attendance, Seoul - youralaskalink Governor Walker Invited to Speak in Korea about Alaska's Energy Opportunities - Alaska Native News

By | October 8th, 2016|AGDC, Alaska's Fiscal Crisis, Alaskanomics, Commentary, LNG|0 Comments

10-7-16 Governor Gives A Day’s Notice For Another International Trip

Governor Bill Walker today sent a letter to Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell nominating the Beaufort and Chukchi seas and Cook Inlet for inclusion in the 2017-2022 proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) lease sale  More here. With Some Highly Astute Audiences, One Has But One Chance To Make A Successful Pitch by Dave Harbour* Bill Walker, Governor of Alaska. NGP file photo by Dave Harbour. The release below, received today, indicates Governor Bill Walker will be in Korea tomorrow for a speech to the new but influential Yeosijae Future [...]

10-6-16 US & Canadian Leaders Attack Fossil Fuel (Note: Both liberal policies increase consumer prices, decrease jobs, increase national debt, depress economies with no verifiable improvement in a conjured climate change narrative. -dh)

BREAKING NEWS! ConocoPhillips Alaska today announced it has signed a contract with Doyon Drilling Inc. to build a new Extended Reach Drilling (ERD) Rig. The rig will initially target development of Fiord West, a field northwest of the main Alpine pad discovered in 1996. The ERD rig represents the third new-build drilling rig ConocoPhillips has contracted for since SB21 was passed in 2013.   READ COMPLETE ANNOUNCEMENT HERE! Oil Glut? Here Comes Some More!  Good for Alaska! BY CLIFFORD KRAUSS Oil finds in Texas and Alaska come at a [...]

10-5-16 OVERHAUL ALASKA’S FISCAL POLICY! – Alaskan and Canadian Energy Players Won’t Want To Miss This Week’s FAIRBANKS Confab!

For Alaska to SurThrive (Survive and Thrive), Alaska's Fiscal Policy Needs an Overhaul! BY JOE BEEDLE AND JOE SCHIERHORN Alaska Business Monthly Joe Schierhorn (L) and Joe Beedle, ABM Photo Brexit is an abbreviation for “British exit,” referring to the June 23, 2016, referendum whereby British citizens voted to exit the European Union. We would argue that Alaska’s exit or avoidance to deal with fiscal discipline amounts to Alaska’s exit from economic and fiscal reality, a dysfunctional end to prosperity, an “AK-IT” scenario. We need legislative action to [...]

9-29-16 Feds “Steal” 100 Million Acres of Alaska? BC LNG Fights For Survival!

Trudeau government re: Pacific Northwest LNG.  CBC.ca.   If, for instance, you attach some value to the natural habitats of wild salmon or the threat posed by greenhouse gas emissions.... What's next for Pacific NorthWest LNG project? 4 questions answered.  CBC.ca.  Green light for B.C. LNG project won't pave way for other pipelines .... Did you know that today, with the help of former Alaska Lieutenant Governor Fran Ulmer (NGP file photo), the White House may be determining the fate of Alaska's Arctic? Former Alaska Governor Sean Parnell. Northern Gas Pipelines [...]

9-27-16 Alaska’s Globe Trotting Governor Sends Non-News From The Republic Of Korea

Royal Bank of Canada CEO touts pipelines as key to transitioning to a greener economy, Calgary Herald: The head of Canada's largest bank made the case for new ... Demand for oil and gas continues to rise around the world.... Breaking News(?) From Alaska's Governor Now In Korea Following A Purchased Speech Forum In Singapore Governor Bill Walker, NGP file photo by Dave Harbour Asia may be "looking for new sources" of LNG by 2023.  But that is no guarantee that the Republic of Korea or any other Asian nation will [...]

9-19-16 “Do Alaska’s Citizens SERIOUSLY Want A Government Owned, Politically Controlled Gas Pipeline/LNG Project? Really?”

Honoring another dearly departed friend, Father Norman Elliott From Ak-Headlamp this morning: AGDC president Keith Meyer challenged the idea that Alaska LNG isn't the best path forward for the state in an Alaska Dispatch News op-ed. According to Meyer, "Everyone wants to monetize their gas, but we want to open the project to broader market participation. AGDC welcomes producer investment but also recognizes that investing in the project assets as an equity owner may not generate the return they need. Setting up a transparent tolling structure allows the [...]

9-16-16 – “Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive”

When Trust Is Trussed In Webs of Abuse (Forbes: Hope For Massive Alaska Energy Project Crashes and Burns ***** Clarion: Hope springs eternal - but the money won't) Sir Walter Scott's, "Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive", contains a principle of trust essential to the survival of a free state. We have seen what a tangled web the U.S. federal administration has spun by its pattern of lawlessness and overreaching jurisdiction justified by complex alibis (i.e. IRS, Keystone, Pebble, Dakota Access, Alaska, etc.)  We have also seen a new [...]

9-15-16 Kish Returns To Capitol Hill

We are delighted to note that one of Washington's most knowledgeable energy analysts is joining the office of House Speaker Paul Ryan.  We think our Alaskan, Canadian and Lower 48 readers will be grateful that such an advisor will be in such a position to improve energy decision and policy making in Washington.  -dh GOP Energy Veteran Kish To Ryan's Office: As Playbook readers found out this morning, Institute for Energy Research Senior Vice President Dan Kish is headed to Speaker Paul Ryan 's office as a new policy adviser for energy, environment, [...]