7-28-16 U.S. Chamber Honors U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski’s U.S. Energy Policy Proposal

Karen Harbert, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for 21st Century Energy, speaks to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce July 25 as part of her trip north to endorse Sen. Lisa Murkowski for reelection and to present her the chamber’s Spirit of Enterprise Award award. Photo/Elwood Brehmer/AJOC Alaska Journal of commerce, by Elwood Brehmer.  Alaskans should take a long and holistic view of energy prices despite the immediate challenges their state faces, according to the leader of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for 21st [...]

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7-22-16 Japan’s LNG Buyers Should Be Cautioning Alaska and Canada About Pending, Expensive, Risky LNG Projects

Our Commentary: Today our Aussie O&G energy analyst friend focuses his astute observation on how LNG prices are being reviewed -- to the benefit in a buyers market -- of buyers.  This observation would tend to support Alaska producers' and Shell's (BC) more cautious approach to North American LNG projects targeting major Asian markets.   Of course, Alaska's socialist leaning governor is not deterred, continuing to move toward more state control of Alaska's energy industry, and the multi-billion dollar risks to his citizens which accompanies such Venezuela-like behavior.  -dh Aussie Oil & [...]

7-19-16 Alaska’s Governor Made A Good Personnel Decision, Perhaps, But Continues A Hugo Chavez-like Assault On Free Enterprise And The Oil & Gas Industry

We have mixed reactions to Governor Walker's latest decision! John Hendrix, NGP stock photo by Dave Harbour Yesterday, Alaska Governor Bill Walker appointed former Alaska manager for Apache Oil to a newly created position, chief oil and gas advisor.  That assignment is a cabinet level position that invades traditional turf of the Commissioner of Natural Resources, his Director of Oil & Gas and the governor's special assistant for natural resources (i.e. that has traditionally included oil and gas policy issues). At first glance, this looks like an important improvement [...]

By | July 19th, 2016|Alaska Taxes, Commentary, Interstate Gas, Intrastate Gas, LNG|0 Comments

7-15-16 A Little Sign Of Alaska Gasline Ethics Traps….

   (Note: readers may submit comments on this story below.)  ALERT - ALERT - ALERT NOTICE THIS AFTERNOON.  BOEM releases draft Environmental Impact Statement for Potential Cook Inlet Lease Sale: Agency Seeks Public Comments through Sept. 6 Potential Gasline Ethics Warning In late 2015 we warned Legislators to get rid of any gas line public funding for many reasons, including a litany of conflicts of interest likely to emerge.  (Read below, column right) Commentary: Alaska's Quixotic gasline governor is intent on risking hundreds of millions of public, EQUITY dollars on a gas pipeline/LNG project -- even without [...]

7-14-16 This Governor’s Anti-Investor Actions Should Not Surprise Alaskan Citizens

The incumbent Alaska governor's anti-free enterprise, anti-investor actions should not surprise citizens for one minute: this is who the man is.   For important reference of our readers, we provide the following link to our commentary and analysis nearly a year ago: Alaska's Governor Issues Bombshell Gasline Report This is who a majority of Alaskans elected a couple years ago: read the analysis and weep.  Then mobilize to stop the insanity!  -dh COMMENTARY: Veto of tax credit payments damages Alaska By: Benjamin Johnson Guest commentary Posted: Wed, 07/13/2016 - 10:40am [...]

7-12-16 Fiscal Crisis & Gas Pipeline 2001, “Lest We Forget”

We have a special treat for Alaskans and their Legislature today -- and, our Canadian readers.  Scroll down for two commentaries, Christmas 2001, re: gas pipeline and fiscal crisis issues.  "Lest We Forget"  -dh Is our quotation from 2001 -- in response to Senator Dave Donley -- still applicable today?  Comment:  "Such is the nature of political struggle as governments become highly dependent on resource revenue or government grants, when resource prices fall and/or when rates of production and/or national revenues diminish.  In such situations, political leaders should beware of becoming too [...]

7-7-16 DOI RELEASES FINAL ARCTIC OCS DRILLING REGULATIONS

ALERT ALERT ALERT HERE IS THE DOI LINK YOU'LL NEED HERE ARE THE ACTUAL NEW ARCTIC OCS REGULATIONS Cautionary note: The email alert we issued today indicated that we would have more to say in coming weeks about these Arctic OCS regulations.  Our initial scanning of the regs today, did not lead us to immediate judgment.  We deeply respect the work of Congressman Bishop (below) and his predecessor, Doc Hastings.  However, on this issue of the Arctic OCS regs, study is required before reaching final conclusions.  A respected friend with one of [...]

7-1-16 Much Alaska gas pipeline/LNG food for thought over the Independence Day weekend!

Yesterday we commented on the overall chaos enveloping Alaska  as it seeks fiscal stability. Fiscal stability is a critical risk for big investments -- like a multi-billion dollar energy project.  If fiscal stability does not exist, savvy energy investors must cease or postpone projects until risks become less threatening. Alaska Governor Bill Walker In such a caldron of multi dimensional issues, we see great political/emotional support for construction of an Alaska gas export project. However, the realities of world energy prices, high and unpredictable Alaska tax policy, a run-away spending history, and democrat leaders [...]

6-28-16 ALASKA’S GOVERNOR: Clouds Of Suspicion Descend On Him As His True Motives Begin To Emerge

Is this the question everyone would like to ask? Alaska Governor Bill Walker. NGP Stock Photo by Dave Harbour. If Alaska's Governor Bill Walker were not conniving to convert Alaska into a sick, modern version of Hugo Chavez' socialist  utopia, why would he be overspending, demonizing the state's biggest investors and seeming to move toward a takeover of various oil & gas leases and transportation and distribution systems?   -dh     Anchorage Daily Planet Editorial: Disaster in the making? Added by Editor on June 27, 2016. [...]

6-21-16 The Socialist Cabal Attacks Nuclear, et. al.

Wildrose blasts NDP over climate plan advertising, Calgary Herald ... per-capita greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate warming and to help the province win outside support for stalled pipeline projects ... NGP Readers: be aware that as the enviro-industrial-governmental cabal continues (i.e. via protests, confrontation, litigation, statute and regulation) to vilify and outlaw OCS activity, oil, pipelines, coal and nuclear energy projects, more reliance will fall on natural gas power generation.  Now, the cabal is targeting nuclear but also natural gas.  So when the inevitable market and political winds [...]

6-19-16 Alaska’s Governor Calls 5th Special Session

Bill Walker, Governor of Alaska. NGP file photo by Dave Harbour. Commentary: This afternoon, Alaska Governor Bill Walker called for a 5th Special Legislative Session to deal with the State's fiscal crisis: Here is the proclamation.     ///     See his video press conference here. We believe Walker may also be creating for himself a political crisis, for several reasons: The proclamation puts back on the table all of the most controversial issues rejected during earlier sessions: Use of the state's permanent fund earnings for government operations and a broad [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

5-7-16 Old Canadian/US Softwood Issue Resurfaces

Old Softwood Issue Resurfaces: Could Affect Alaska; Will Affect Canada We continuously try to 'connect the dots' for our readers! by Dave Harbour We drew attention to the US/Canadian controversy over softwood lumber trade agreement issues years ago, as it affected an Alaska to Midwest gas pipeline (8/2001, 11/2001, 3/2002, 4/2002, 5/2002, 8/2002, 11/2002, 2015) The softwood  issue surfaces again as BC Premier Christy Clark interprets Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remarks about NAFTA, poor trade deals and stopping illegal southern border immigration to softwood issues. Bear in mind [...]