10-23-17 “Beware the Greeks (i.e. or Russians or Chinese) bearing gifts (i.e. Trojan Horses)!

Is any citizen uncomfortable with these headlines?  Good.  There is reason for concern! Governor Pitches Alaska Natural Gas to Chinese Sovereign Wealth Fund - Chinese President Makes Pit Stop in Alaska on Return to China - Alaska expects stronger engagement with China on gas ... - YouTube - Alaska Natural Gas International Deliveries to China (Million Cubic Feet) “Beware the Greeks (i.e. or Russians or Chinese) bearing gifts (i.e. Trojan Horses)!" Observations by Dave Harbour Alaska-Ecuador Flag Pin Rafael Correa, courtesy, Wikipedia Now look what happened to Ecuador under socialist [...]

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 [...]

10-13-17 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 [...]

10-11-17 Chairman Bishop Moves to Reform Antiquities Act Abuse – and – Oh Canada!

Representative Rob Bishop, courtesy Civil Services. Yesterday, we provided a commentary by U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop on the subject of, "Antiquities Act is a Menace to Constitutional Government, Part I."   Today, we provide his Part II, follow-up commentary along with committee action to cure the Act from future abuse.  Please scroll down.   This commentary also appeared earlier this morning in the Washington Examiner.  -dh Subcommittee Chairmen Respond to Antiquities Act Reform Legislation  TODAY, the Committee will markup H.R. 3990, [...]

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, [...]

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?  [...]

9-12-17 TODAY: Major Improvements For Federal Land Access!

TODAY: US Congress Moves Toward Land Access For Energy and Outdoor Sports Live Webcast: Click HERE to watch the markup beginning at 4:00 PM ET Remarks as prepared for delivery: “Today, the Committee will consider several important bipartisan bills, beginning with H.R. 3668—the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement, or SHARE Act. This legislation strengthens the foundation of our country’s hunting and fishing heritage and helps ensure the next generation of sportsmen and women continue to enjoy access to our nation’s federal lands and waterways to carry out these activities and traditions. “Sportsmen [...]

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 [...]

8-24-17 House Committee Supports Interior’s Monument Review — And, So Do We!

Chairman Rob Bishop Washington, D.C. – Today, Chairman Rob Bishop issued the following statement in reaction to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s final review of national monument designations under the Antiquities Act (Act): "I am encouraged by the recommendations to revise previous designations that were inconsistent with the law and outside the Act's size limitations. It is my hope that President Trump takes this opportunity to begin realigning uses of the law with its intended purpose. It’s also incumbent on Congress to pursue reforms to the Act that ensure it is being used to protect antiquities while [...]

8-1-17 We Congratulate Fox News For Its New Alaska Map

MORNING HEADLAMP: A TALE OF TWO WALKERS – BEST OF TIMES, WORST OF TIMES (Please note that this 7:35 p.m., EST version replaces an earlier, unedited draft.  -dh) Why Fox News' Initiative To Properly Portray Alaska's Size & Location Is Important To Alaskans ... And, To All Americans Commentary by Dave Harbour Fox's improved North American map more accurately contrasts Alaska's size, position and importance relative to the Lower 48 states. 7-29-17. -dh Caribou on oil industry gravel pad. Being five feet above the mosquito infested [...]

7-12-17 EPA Returns Rule Of Law To Pebble Partnership – BOEM ‘Conditionally’ Approves Eni’s Beaufort Sea Exploration Plan

Today we provide readers with this breaking announcement from the Pebble Partnership.  We believe this announcement, in reality, acknowledges that the rule of law has returned to Alaska natural resource projects in general.  See our editorial.  -dh EPA Withdrawal Notice A Welcome Return to Normal Permitting for Pebble Pebble Project's Alaska State Lease area The Pebble Partnership welcomed Tuesday's announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that is has initiated steps to withdraw its Proposed Determination restricting development at the Pebble Project. PLP CEO Tom Collier had the following [...]

7-10-17 Wind Energy Blowout Week

A Wind Update From our Mid-Atlantic energy analyst friend (i.e. who prefers to remain anonymous): Blowout week, batteries and offshore wind Don and Monica Kotowych at Grouse Mountain BC by Dave Harbour, IOGCC Meeting, 6-2-12 ...we link Euan Mearns’ Blowout Week collection of links to major energy articles from the past week, with a host of excerpts and links to many timely energy topics. The excerpt delivery approach follows our effort to pass along the basic part of a story quickly. This is perfect in our time-challenged society. http://euanmearns.com/blowout-week-184/ [...]

6-26-17 More Detail On BP’s Global Energy Review

Continued Today From Our 6-19-17 Posting: BP’s Global Energy Review Damian Bilbao, BP Alaska Exploration, Inc., Global Energy Review 2017 Stay tuned for more on Damian Bilbao's presentations yesterday to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the World Trade Center-Anchorage on BP's Statistical Review.    -dh Energy markets in transition: BP Statistical Review shows long-term shifts underway Strong oil demand and weaker supply growth rebalance oil markets; inventories continue to weigh on oil prices Energy mix shifting; rising renewable energy offsetting steep falls in coal use  Carbon [...]

6-22-17 “Here’s A Cigar;” or, “Close But No Cigar”

Our Take On Alaska's Current Budget Crisis, A Component Of the 49th State's Omnibus Fiscal Crisis by Dave Harbour The citizens of Alaska are sitting at the edge of their chairs, watching for the outcome of a budget battle building in their isolated capital of Juneau.  It could be decided as we write this and cigar boxes could open; or, July 1 could come and go, complete with untold tales of woe, and decision makers will undoubtedly console themselves that they did their best.  But we know that activity [...]