10-27-16 Economist Roger Marks Fact Checks Lawyer’s “Fair Share” Cliché

Beware of False Oil Tax Prophets by Dave Harbour Roger Marks, Senior Oil & Gas Economist. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour (Scroll down to Ak-Headlamp report for Marks' reference.) Regarding our piece yesterday about one lawyer's advocacy for higher oil industry taxes, we provide (BELOW)  Ak-headlamp's comment today.  We would only add that the lawyer proposes a "fair share" oil tax policy without definition or rational.  He simply opines an assumption that a "fair share" of oil wealth for the bureaucracy should be "one-third of gross"... not one-third [...]


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10-25-16 Attorney Joins Lawyer/Governor Bill Walker In Advocating Oil Tax Increase. Fair Or Hypocritical?

Calling for a "fair share" could be -- and in Alaska usually is -- a sign of political hypocrisy This morning's Alaska Dispatch News features another clever Opinion-Editorial by an Alaska lawyer (i.e. for more, see Ak-Headlamp analysis, column right.) who has become one of the largest individual contributors to democrat tax & spend candidates for the Alaska state legislature this election cycle. Recently, in a Neil Cavuto interview, Las Vegas developer Steve Wynn provided an articulate response to the wealth distribution crowd (See video) using the term "fair share" to [...]

10-21-16 Alaska Support Industry Alliance Annual Meeting Honors Jim Udelhoven and Maynard Tapp / ALBERTANS WISELY REJECT CARBON TAX

Alliance Story Coming.... Irving Oil chairman confident Energy East pipeline 'will happen' - Calgary Herald - Calgary misses the pipeline now,” he said. The 4,500-kilometre ... About two-thirds is already in place as a natural gas pipeline. Following Irving's ... Albertans give NDP carbon tax thumbs down in new poll - Calgary Herald - The tax, which is aimed at lowering Alberta's Canada-leading greenhouse gas emissions and helping to win support nationally for new pipeline ... From Ak-Headlamp: Down under up North. According to the Alaska Journal of Commerce, Australia-based 88 Energy Ltd. said in an Oct. 18 release that it has identified five [...]

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 [...]