10-17-17 Let’s Help EPA Right A Wrong, TODAY!

TODAY IS THE DEADLINE FOR COMMENT AND WE SHALL MAKE COMMENTING EASY FOR OUR READERS RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!  -DH Dear Friends: This is about the State of Alaska's right to lease land to the Pebble Partnership for exploration of minerals.  The federal EPA in an unprecedented move, "jumped the gun on the legal process", and acted to deny the lessor of state land an opportunity to present its case -- BEFORE IT HAD EVEN FILED THE FIRST PERMIT TO DEVELOP THE PROJECT!  Regardless of your position of the [...]

10-15-17 Normally we don’t….

Normally We Don't... This UN leader's objective: kill capitalism ...promote solicitations.  Today is an exception. We have reported and editorialized extensively on the highly organized socialized movement to destroy capitalism and, in the United States and Canada, our principal economic foundation: fossil fuel exploration, production, transportation, refining, power generation and manufacturing. So today we bring you, below, an unaffiliated advertisement of a good American dedicated to identifying and challenging the socialist onslaught.  As supporters of reasonable resource development, focused on the oil & gas and mining sectors, [...]

By | 2017-10-18T08:46:39+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Commentary, Enviro-Industrial-Governmental Cabal|0 Comments

10-13-17 Unhappy Case Histories: Canadians and Americans Can Learn From Each Other

Representative Rob Bishop, courtesy Civil Services. Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White to chair the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Chairman Rob Bishop released the following statement: “Kathleen Hartnett White is a great choice to help the administration realign priorities at CEQ. Over the past eight years, this executive office has attempted to use the National Environmental Policy Act as a tool to stonewall any project with a federal nexus. I look forward to working with her on a long overdue streamlining of [...]

10-12-17 Your Northern Energy Update

Warning: Alaska treads troubled economic waters in the middle of a fiscal storm.  Politicians are making the financial crisis worse by creating state subsidies and ratepayer risks.  The story below again reminds us of the Administration's payoff to Interior Alaska supporters via a subsidized Fairbanks gas utility (i.e. when South Central's Enstar customers paid for their own).   Not to mention the otherwise uneconomic Fire Island wind generation project and an infeasible Alaska LNG\pipeline scheme.   Note how two local politicians in the story below are discussing a strategy for squeezing [...]

10-10-17 STAR DIES … Today, Chairman Bishop Speaks Out On Misuse of Antiquities Act

Star and Albert Whitehead at Fur Rendezvous, Anchorage, 3-3-12. Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour  Hilcorp’s proposed Arctic Ocean oil development gets public review Tuesday. Conservation groups and industry supporters will face off in Anchorage Tuesday night as federal regulators wrap up hearings…. Today, EPA announces, the war on coal is over! Alaska's popular reindeer, Star, dies in owner's arms Antiquities Act is a Menace to Constitutional Government Rep. Rob Bishop, Chairman, U.S. House of Representatives Resources Committee October 10, 2017 Please see our related commentary, [...]

10-6-17 Friday’s Much Ado About Energy … And Politics!

The Energy World Under President Trump For the energy scholars among us, this Reuters article has it all: from oil & gas to coal, Paris climate change accord, and alternative energy.  While we respect the research and statistics, we could call into question some of the journalism that leans leftward.  With that caveat, it is a piece worth maintaining in our archives and a ready reference for those of you who will be giving speeches in the near future.  We say, "near future" because the energy landscape is constantly [...]

10-5-17

Thought of the day: "Alaska's government-sponsored LNG project need not contend (directly) with Panama Canal issues.  But Alaska faces similar project risks.  Do Alaskan citizens want their government's 'go it alone LNG project' to be subject to enormous project risks?  Do Alaskans want, as their government LNG project proposes, to commit 25% cash/royalty gas equity to a risky, $40-60 billion venture?  Is the risk worth the reward?  Do citizens even know how much the reward will be?"  -dh Gulf of Mexico LNG Shippers Have a $45000-a-Day Problem, Oil & Gas [...]

11-4-17 The importance of commenting

Dear Friends: After nearly a week on a special assignment I now come up for air with a message we often forget. The message is, "Don't forget to offer public comment whether you be Alaskan, Canadian or Lower 48 citizen concerned about national security, prosperity and the Left's focus on socializing North America." With that gentle but firm reminder in place, we heed this message (below) from our friends at the Resource Development Council for Alaska. Alaskans should provide comment or testify at tonight's hearing.  Why?  [...]

9-19-17 Never Forgetting About My Readers!

E.B.B. "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach...." Dear Reader: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, over 1.5 centuries ago, wrote how I feel about you, today.  While she spoke of romantic love and mine rises from respect and fraternal friendship, the intensity is similar. I awaken every day first for a prayer that His will be done. Then as I exercise and prepare for the work day, my thoughts usually move to you.  What useful thing [...]

By | 2017-09-19T08:32:31+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Commentary, Personal, You Read It Here First|2 Comments

9-15-17 Mrs. Hickel Passes

 Former First Lady Ermalee Hickel Ermalee Hickel, 2011 WTC Export Luncheon. Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour Former First Lady Ermalee Hickel passed away yesterday afternoon.  As a friend of the family your author knows she anticipated--with a sense of joy--meeting her husband in Paradise. To close friends and Hickel family members, we send our warm wishes and share prayers of thankfulness for having known these two great 49th State citizens. For their honesty, work ethic and contributions to the economy we are additionally grateful to Governor [...]

By | 2017-09-16T02:44:39+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Commentary, Personal|0 Comments

9-13-17 Rogoff Bids Anchorage Dispatch, Alaska Experiment Farewell

Seeking investment, Alaska goes open source with oil & gas data   Somewhere in Anchorage, the state is hiding four giant suitcases, filled with top-secret pictures of the ground. Alice Rogoff. Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour Below is a letter to her readers from the former owner and publisher of the Alaska Dispatch News (ADN).  Here is our 2009 encounter with publisher Alice Rogoff (Alaska House, New York) before she moved to Alaska (Reference 1, Reference 2,).  The ADN is a descendent of the Anchorage Daily [...]

By | 2017-09-13T09:44:19+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Commentary, Crony Capitalism|0 Comments

9-8-17 Alaska’s Government Owned LNG Project: Now Is Not The Time (Nor will it ever be for a bureaucrat-directed, politically risky socialist pipeline)

Mike Navarre. Northern Gas Pipelines Photo by Dave Harbour COMMENTARY: RESPECTING THE KENAI PENINSULA BOROUGH Larry Persily, former federal coordinator of the Alaska gas line projects office, currently serves as Chief of Staff to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre. We have always respected both of these individuals. No one has more to gain than they do from a successful Alaska LNG project that is currently designed to terminate in their Borough.  The employment, tax and general economic benefits of such a project would be enormous. But [...]

9-1-17 Governor Walker of Alaska Makes Confusing/Damaging Energy Decisions

Is Alaska's Governor pro-development...but only as long as his state government calls the shots and does the developing?   (Below we find the Governor's confusingly supportive actions.  In the right column, we find more substantive actions contributing to a loss of investor interest and a more dangerous economic climate.)  -dh Alaska Governor Bill Walker. Northern Gas Pipelines Photo by Dave Harbour Our commentary: Below, we have the appearance of a governor supporting federal energy access programs.  But then you notice such minor expressions of support for natural [...]

8-31-17 More On President’s Monument Review

Crises in Texas & Alaska (Please scroll down to PLF release below) Ryan Zinke, U.S. Department of Interior Secretary. Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour Commentary:  We revere the work of Pacific Legal Foundation to protect our Nation's freedoms.  We particularly appreciate its efforts to protect the vulnerable freedoms of individual American families, small companies and the energy industries. The President and his Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have undertaken the noble task of reviewing unilateral land access and land use blockades imposed by prior administrations as [...]

8-25-17 Feds Now Helping Alaska

We continue to see signs the U.S. government is now improving policies that benefit Alaska natural resource development, national jobs, the national economy and national defense.  -dh U.S. transportation secretary announces efforts to speed up project development in Alaska U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, visiting Alaska for a two-day trip, announced measures on Thursday to streamline what she called the "burdensome"… Interior Secretary Zinke: National monuments stay but ‘some changes’ loom Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Thursday he does not plan to eliminate any of the 27 national monuments the Trump administration placed [...]

By | 2017-08-28T05:38:14+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Commentary, Federal Progress|0 Comments