7-6-16 Alaska’s Crisis of Leadership

Alaska's Crisis of Leadership (Also see Representative Lynn Gattis' column on what she calls the state's "budget crisis" coming up on July 8.) While today we address Alaska, note that our cousin, the Canadian province of Alberta is also in the hands of a liberal government presiding over stunted production, low oil prices, a protected bureaucracy, lack of pipeline infrastructure, and an unsustainable spending policy.  -dh by Dave Harbour Dr. Scott Goldsmith, University of Alaska - Anchorage Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER). Goldsmith has been the [...]

By | July 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|4 Comments

7-4-16 Celebrate The Fourth: Rededicate to God, Country, Free Enterprise and Energy Independence

Steve Moore's New Book precisely reflects the philosophy of this webpage for the last 15 years--and your publisher's philosophy as a member of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska: Deregulate where we can; regulate where we must.  In this way we protect the public interest in general and consumer interest in particular by enabling the private sector to provide the greatest volume of energy responsibly...for the lowest possible cost. From Amazon: "In Fueling Freedom, energy experts Stephen Moore and Kathleen Hartnett White make an unapologetic case for fossil fuels, turning around [...]

By | July 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

6-24-16 According to EPA: Plowing A Farm Is Polluting

Yesterday we focused on Federal overreach.  Last night former RDC Executive Director Paula Easley sent us this fresh example wherein a farmer is denied the right to plow his field because it is a 'polluting activity'.  Read more below. Plowing is polluting? Wheat farmer loses clean water case Defending Agriculture Judge finds attempt to grow wheat is violation of Clean Water Act Published on: June 23, 2016 Judge Kimberly Mueller on June 10, 2016 in the U.S. Eastern District Court of California found that John Duarte, a nursery [...]

By | June 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

6-23-16 Federal Overreach Is Officially Court-Scorned

BREAKING NEWS TODAY: Compare With Related Federal Lawlessness Documented Below Washington, D.C. – Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing on the lack of enforcement and accountability from the Obama Administration in response to a growing number of reports of unethical and criminal conduct at the Department of the Interior (DOI).  More here, including witness testimony.... Pacific Legal Foundation's Supreme Court Victories Over Federal Overreach Read Here Federal Judge Kills Fed Fracking Regs By Victor Morton - The Washington Times - Tuesday, June [...]

By | June 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

6-18-16 PLF: Our Unsung (Enough) Heroes

In Praise Of The Pacific Legal Foundation We deeply appreciate the work of the Pacific Legal Foundation.  The precedents for which it is responsible are not restricted to the adjudicated case in question, but, rather apply to the improved environment in which all natural resource industries operate. So on this day, we celebrate the PLF heroes whose praises are not enough sung.  Scroll down for the latest PLF report. Dave Harbour Publisher, Northern Gas Pipelines On June 15, PLF D.C. Center Executive Director Todd Gaziano joined Paul J. Larkin Jr. [...]

By | June 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5-17-16 Daunting Federal OCS and Oil State Budget Challenges

From Dan Kish at the Institute for Energy Research comes this comment (i.e. below left) on the federal government's consideration of its 2017-2022 5-year leasing plan.   The IER analysis carefully addresses nationwide concerns about access to federal lands/waters for energy exploration and production.  Since Alaska is such a huge component of federally managed OCS  resources, IER correctly recognizes Alaska's potential:  ...there has been far greater leasing in the Gulf of Mexico than the Alaska OCS and as a result the reserve estimates have nearly sextupled in the Gulf of Mexico while remaining [...]

By | June 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

6-10-16 New Worldwide Energy Report Highlights Need For Competitive — Not Predatory — Government Policies

Keith Meyer, President, Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Alaska must not be facing a 'fiscal crisis' after all.  With HH gas less than $3 and some renegotiated Asian LNG gas deals in the $5 range and Alaska LNG sold in Asia needing 100-150% higher landed prices than that, here is the latest headline from the Alaska, government-owned LNG project company, AGDC: "New AGDC president to make half million dollars a year...."  Socialism may not yet be in full bloom on the Last Frontier...but its Alaska spring sprouts now range from pipeline/tanker [...]

By | June 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

6-8-16 Repsol Left Argentina For Alaska — Now Closes Alaska Office!

Another Supreme Court victory by our Pacific Legal Foundation friends -- for private landowners and natural resource developers everywhere.  Congratulations!  -dh An oil and gas tax credit report from Alaska State Senate Natural Resources Committee Chairman, Senator Cathy Giessel June 7, 2016 June 6, 1944 was the turning point in World War II - the D Day offensive, on the beaches of Normandy, against Hitler's German forces in Europe. Alaska State Senate Resources Committee Chairman, Cathy Giessel. NGP file photo by Dave Harbour. Yesterday, June [...]

By | June 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

6-2-16 Will free market compromisers become free market defenders … or not?

Sowell: Socialism for the uninformed Added by Thomas Sowell on June 2, 2016.  Saved under News & Commentary By Thomas Sowell Socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great. It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster.  More... To Elected Officials In Times Of Shortage, Increasing Taxes On The Few Is Easier Than Cutting Benefits Of The Many Commentary by [...]

By | June 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5-31-16 Another SCOTUS Win: Private Property Rights Over Corps of Engineers Overreach

Today we are pleased to celebrate the latest Supreme Court victory by one of our public service sponsors over the federal government's overreaching authority under the Clean Water Act.   Please review the details below.     -dh Statement on PLF’s Supreme Court victory in Hawkes Washington, D.C.; May 31, 2016: Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) won a precedent-setting victory for property owners’ rights today when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in our favor in the PLF case of United States Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes. The groundbreaking decision accepted PLF’s arguments that [...]

By | May 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5-23-16 By Increments We Can Lose A Nation’s Liberty

Energy Is The Very Foundation Of North American Freedom Eco-socialist Strategists Know That The Means, Transportation and Distribution of Energy Production Can Come Under Their Control Via Government Expropriation And/Or Regulatory Power by Dave Harbour Today we ask our readers to recognize the dots that connect socialism and eco-activism to the undoing of free energy markets and freedom itself. We will demonstrate why this transformation is not merely the natural swing, back and forth, of a political pendulum. Our readers can surely agree that: Freedom can be eliminated by eliminating free enterprise. [...]

By | May 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5-21-16 Alaska Gas Project: When Does One More Straw Break The Camel’s Back?

Tim Bradner, NGP Photo by Dave Harbour 5-13-11 Tim Bradner of the AJOC brings us another Alaska gas monetization reality: wetlands mitigation (Story below).  Higher but unknown additional mitigation/litigation costs cannot improve feasibility of AGDC's (https://www.agdc.us/) government investment in the Alaska LNG project (http://ak-lng.com/).  Nor can such open-ended future expenses make the state's socialist equity investment in Alaska LNG more beneficial to citizens. This is precisely the type of uncertainty that leads project proponents to add additional contingency requirements to Financing Plans: uncertainty requires hedging as greater assurance of "project completion" to satisfy [...]

By | May 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5-20-16 THE WAR ON COAL – IN THE NEWS TODAY

Reminder to our Alaska readers: AOGA 50th Anniversary Conference - On May 25, the Alaska Oil and Gas Association will hold its 50th Anniversary Conference.  Aside from supporting our friends in the oil patch, the agenda holds some terrific energy speakers like Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, and so much more. More here!    "Wake Up Consumers: Government Regulation Is Making You Poorer!" Commentary by Dave Harbour  "First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Socialist.           Then they [...]

By | May 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5-12-16 How The Federal Government Stole Alaska’s Statehood Birthright

Even if the federal government were to restore the natural resource birthright it has stolen from the 49th State, Alaskans would STILL remain challenged.  For when its citizens enjoyed what seemed to be unlimited oil wealth 3-4 decades ago, it taxed more and spent more and more -- until it had developed an unsustainable lifestyle.  So, we do hope that great leadership can free Alaska of the federal overreaching jurisdiction and violations of due process described below.  But then, equally great leadership -- with disciplined citizen support -- must establish sustainable government services [...]

By | May 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5-3-15 New England Joins The Herd To Self-Hoist With Its Own Petard

New England's Karma Our friend, Shakespeare, perfected the vision of one, “hoist with his own petard”.  It reminds us of the more modern term, “Karma”, wherein a robber accidentally shoots himself in the foot or a bicycle thief crashes or the predatory alligator on Youtube is grabbed and carried off in the jaws of a powerful leopard. Today, our Mid Atlantic energy advisor friend describes how global warming mania run amok is destined to ruin the economy of those so disillusioned -- in this case, New Englanders. Meanwhile, we remind our [...]

By | May 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments