8-11-16 World Knows What Alaska’s Governor Won’t Admit: NOW IS NOT THE TIME For An Expensive 800 Mile Pipeline/LNG Export Project!

Our Aussie Energy Analyst friend evaluates the Alaska LNG project: NOW IS NOT THE TIME. We have long observed that Alaska's governor and legislature would be wiser to focus their energies on enabling Alaska to live within its means, rather than overtaxing current investors or over spending dwindling state savings accounts and/or pursuing an uneconomic, expensive LNG project when, NOW IS NOT THE TIME!  -dh LNG and international gas, by our Aussie blogger: An interesting regulatory comparison between two of the more interesting but challenging international pipeline projects - Alaska [...]

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7-27-16 Alaska’s Creditworthiness Declines Again

Alaska's Governor Bill Walker takes no responsibility for a declining credit rating as he continues to joust at the windmills of socialist acquisition of Alaska's resource wealth deterring industry investment in a low oil price environment.  Brilliant.  -dh Governor Walker’s Statement on Moody’s Downgrade of Alaska’s Rating “Today’s news from Moody’s Investors Services is concerning but, unfortunately, not surprising. Moody’s says, ‘The downgrade recognizes the state’s political inability – at least for now – to address its severe fiscal challenge.’ The agency’s analysts cite our strengths—our available cash reserves and [...]

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7-26-16 “Pipe Dreams” – August 24 – Anchorage

The anti-civilization cadres are at it again, turning enviro-military assets away from TransCanada's stalled Keystone toward TransCanada's Energy East Pipe Dream.  Note the tremendous fundraising and political connections of NRDC.  -dh Energy East Pipe Dream is new target for anti-Keystone XL group Financial Post's Claudia Cattaneo; NGP file photo by Dave Harbour Jul 26 2016, 10:58 ET | By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor Climate change plans from Alberta’s and Canada’s governments are failing to moderate anti-pipeline campaigns, as the Natural Resources Defense Council - which led the assault against [...]

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 [...]

7-7-16 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

5-31-16 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 [...]

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. [...]

5-19-16 Oil Price: A Tale Of Two Analysts

Please scroll down to read today's unusual Sunday commentary: "Afraid New World" Alaska Governor Bill Walker (NGP File Photo) BREAKING NEWS, THURSDAY AFTERNOON: ALASKA'S GOVERNOR CALLS LEGISLATURE INTO SPECIAL SESSION TO DEAL WITH LACK OF AN FY 2016-17 BUDGET TO NORMALLY TAKE EFFECT ON JULY 1.  HERE IS THE PROCLAMATION.  YOU READ IT HERE FIRST!  -DH Comment.  Our mid Atlantic energy analyst friend (who prefers to remain anonymous) comments on another analyst's viewpoint (Left column below).  Their evaluation of world economics, interest rates, supply and demand seem [...]

4-20-16 Murkowski Scores for Alaska and U.S. – PLUS – Does Alaska’s Legislature Have the Moral High Ground From Which To Seek “More Revenue” Before Serious “Cutting”?

BREAKING NEWS.  U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today led the Senate’s approval of broad, bipartisan energy legislation that contains a wide range of provisions vital to Alaska’s future. The bill, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, was authored by Murkowski and.... (More) Senate Unanimously Approves Murkowski’s Major Lands and Water Package for Energy Bill Alaska U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (NGP File Photo) NGP File Photo Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved two amendments offered by Senator Lisa Murkowski (NGP Photo) to [...]

ISER Research Announcements 6:59 PM (20 hours ago) to iser_publicati. ​ISER Research Matters is our effort to quickly let Alaskans know about research findings from the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), at the University of Alaska Anchorage. We post these periodically on our website and also distribute them by e-mail. If you’d like to be removed from or added to our e-mail list, visit http://matrix.uaa.alaska.edu/mailman/listinfo/iser_publications, or send us a message at ResearchMatters@uaa.alaska.edu. Research Matters No. 99: Short-Run Economic Impacts of Alaska Fiscal Options March 31, 2016 A report analyzing the potential short-run economic effects of eleven options for reducing Alaska’s huge budget deficit is now complete. The authors are ISER economists Gunnar Knapp, Matthew Berman, and Mouhcine Guettabi. They looked at potential effects of several kinds of state spending cuts, new taxes, saving less of Permanent Fund earnings, and reducing the Permanent Fund dividend. They emphasize that they don’t advocate or oppose any option, but rather intend to help Alaskans understand and compare the potential short-run effects on income and jobs of different ways of reducing the deficit. In the big picture, they found: • Different ways of collecting money from Alaskans affect those with higher and lower incomes in significantly different ways. • Anything the state does to reduce the deficit will cost the economy money and jobs. But spending some of the Permanent Fund earnings the state currently saves would not have any short-run economic effects. In the longer run, saving less would slow growth of the Permanent Fund and reduce earnings. • Because the deficit is so big, the overall economic effects of closing the deficit will also be big. To see their detailed findings, download the report, Short-Run Economic Impacts of Alaska Fiscal Options​ (PDF, 4.3MB). If you have questions, get in touch with the authors: Gunnar.Knapp@uaa.alaska.edu, Matthew.Berman@uaa.alaska.edu, and mguettabi@alaska.edu.

Since Alaska's Fiscal Crisis Involves Oil & Gas Industry Investment Security (i.e. will government seek a higher take from the private sector in order to preserve public sector spending), we provide the economic report, below, from Gunnar Knapp (NGP Photo) of the University of Alaska-Anchorage's Institute of Social and Economic Research.  -dh http://matrix.uaa.alaska.edu/mailman/listinfo/iser_publications, or send us a message at ResearchMatters@uaa.alaska.edu. Research Matters No. 99: Short-Run Economic Impacts of Alaska Fiscal Options March 31, 2016 A report analyzing the potential short-run economic effects of eleven options for reducing Alaska’s huge budget [...]

3-11-16 Nancy Reagan Funeral – TransCanada Pursues Columbia – Alaska State Fiscal Crisis

TransCanada: frustrated by Energy East and Keystone XL Progress, Takes On Columbia Today, Mrs. Nancy Reagan joins her husband, President Ronald Reagan, at the Presidential Library -- that "Shining City On The Hill" Overlooking Simi Valley -- after arriving to rest in repose yesterday. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Fox News: SIMI VALLEY, Calif. –  Nancy Reagan called her husband's presidential library "the shining city on the hill," using a phrase that President Reagan had borrowed from history to describe his aspirations for the nation. Alaska Journal of Commerce, by James [...]

3-3-16 Fracking Pioneer Dies In Oklahoma City Car Crash

We are sad to note a report from a reliable source that an important oil industry player is leaving Alaska.  Following a disappointing 4th quarter 2015 net loss of $7.2 billion -- but not necessarily related to it -- Apache Corporation will be leaving Alaska.  Details to follow.  -dh  From Embassy News - Canada - comes this Mackenzie Valley Pipeline update by Marie-Danielle Smith. Former Governor Frank Murkowski (NGP Photo) Suggests "Another Approach" To Providing Alaska North Slope Gas Producers With Fiscal Certainty.  Note: we have always reminded readers that fiscal certainty provided for gas [...]

2-10-16 More Evidence: Alaska Can Learn From Canada

Comment: On Monday, as well as Last week we wrote of how Canada's liberal Alberta and Federal governments are communicating positively with the Canadian oil industry -- about ways of providing the investors and the economy with support during this low oil price environment.   We continue this theme below by appreciating today's Globe & Mail Op-Ed by former Alberta Premier James Prentice (NGP Photo).  -dh Jim Prentice lives in Calgary and is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute in Washington. His book Canada, Energy and the Environment will be [...]