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1-10-12 Date Night Tax Debate Thursday ... Then, Tax Briefing Friday Noon

ADN/AP.  House Speaker Mike Chenault (NGP Photo) says Mike Chenault, Alaska Speaker of the House, ACES, Alaska Oil Taxes, Photo by Dave Harbourhis GOP-led caucus is weighing whether to push a bill aimed at getting more information about whether a major Alaska natural gas pipeline project is a worthwhile investment.
 
Alaska Dispatch by Ned Rozell.  Strung out over and beneath the surface of Alaska from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, the trans-Alaska pipeline, at 34 years old, is now on its second lifetime.

 
Thursday night, participate in a debate, the "Future of ACES", refering to "Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share", production tax.
Cathy Giessel by Dave Harbour
 
Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 3801 Centerpoint Drive, 1st Floor - 6:30 to 8:30 PM  
 
Presenters are Senator Bill Wielechowski (NGP Photo-R), Senator Cathy Giessel (NGP Photo-L)Rebecca Logan (NGP Photo-R), Ak Industry Support Alliance Executive Director
 
 Radio commentator, Glen Beigel (NGP Photo-L), is the moderator.
 
Glen Biegel by Dave Harbour, Radio Commentator, ACESOrganizers invite our readers to stay for Q&A And A Pro or Con ACES Straw Poll After The Presentations  *  www.AnchorageTeaParty.org
 

Then, Friday Noon, January 13 from 12-1 at ANGDA located at 411 West 4th Avenue in the Yellow Sunshine Mall on the lower level across from the Saturday Market parking lot, come hear Commissioner Bryan Butcher (NGP Photo, below, R), Department of Revenue, who will be presenting the State of Alaska’s oil and gas policy initiatives for the 2012 legislative session.  

Tom Brennan, Snowflake Rebellion, Photo by Dave HarbourAnchorage Daily Planet by Tom Bryan Butcher, Commissioner, Department of Revenue, Photo by Dave Harbour, ACESBrennan (NGP Photo, L).  ...if a gas pipeline gets the green light from the producers, you will see a lot of references to the fact that the state has been pushing to get the line built for almost 40 years. That’s true enough, but for most of that time — at least the first 25 years — the market price of gas was too low to justify building a line.
 
American ThinkerTimothy Birdnow - Hydraulic Fractured Fairly Tales - In Youngstown Ohio, brine wastewater from mining operations was injected into deep wells to be disposed of, and is being blamed for a series of small Christmas earthquakes. The brine water? Drumroll, please......from oil fracking!
 
New Europe Online:  Record year for oil production in Russia - Preliminary data from Russia's Energy dept shows average oil production at 10.27 million barrels for 2011, peaking at 10.35mn in both October and November. Of that, approximately, 7.2mn was exported as either crude or product. “That makes Russia both the world's biggest producer and the biggest exporter. The average price for Urals export in 2011 was $109.3 p/bbl. That works out at almost $800mn every day for the total value of oil exports and over $1 bn, on average, every day in 2011 when the value of gas exports is add,” Chris Weafer, chief strategist at Moscow’s Troika Dialogue, wrote in an e-mail to investors. 
 
CTV News:  Dave Ebner - Oil sands pipeline hits its highest hurdle - Almost all of Canada’s oil exports go to the United States. Gateway would connect Edmonton with Kitimat, linking the oil sands with a port that could theoretically ship oil to customers in Asia. Although oil-sands products can already be exported to Asia on an existing Edmonton-Vancouver pipeline, the industry says Gateway is essential and invokes the spectre of a valuable resource trapped in Northern Alberta, particularly given the uncertain future of the Keystone pipeline.
 
The Globe and Mail:  An open letter from Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver - For our government, the choice is clear: we need to diversify our markets in order to create jobs and economic growth for Canadians across this country. We must expand our trade with the fast growing Asian economies.
Dave's Heart Attack, January 6, 2012, Click, "Read  More", below:

 

Friday night, January 6, 2012, following an all day Meet Alaska conference sponsored by the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, my family joined me for dinner at one of Anchorage’s wonderful steak houses.
 
After dinner, we drove home and I began changing into my sweat suit, at which time I felt painful pressure in the chest.
 
Six years ago, while enjoying an early morning June run in Boise’s downtown park before a conference began, I felt a similar but not as severe a pressure.  Upon returning to Anchorage a day later I made an appointment with a cardiologist.  The nurse said, “Well, he is busy but I can set you up in 6 weeks.”  (Lesson # 2: tell the nurse this might be an emergency as you are having chest pains.)
 
What was Lesson #1?  I should have called an ambulance in Boise, right then and there.
 
When the doctor took my vitals that day, six years ago, he said calmly, “Nurse, please put Mr. Harbour on the gurney; he’ll be with us for a few days.”  That was also a Friday, as I remember, and that weekend’s quadruple bypass operation repaired four vessels that were mostly clogged. 
All that, and I hadn't even had a heart attack, just a feeling of discomfort in the chest.  Thank you, God. 
 
Fast forward to last Friday night.  My first thought with one leg on the floor and the other in the sweat pants, was, “It’s probably indigestion”.   But, I thought, “Though it’s probably indigestion, I’ve learned to err on the side of caution.” 
 
So, Nancy walked me to the car and in 4 minutes we were pulling up at the hospital’s emergency entrance.  On the way, I made peace with Him...and was ready for the trip to Heaven.  When we arrived, I snapped to reality and said, “Why don’t you go in and get them ready for me and I’ll follow you?”  So, she ran in and had a wheel chair and the entry nurse waiting for me as I crept into the crowded waiting room.  Lesson #3?  I should have called the ambulance from home.  My chest was in huge pain.  Had I passed out on the way to the hospital an EMT could have rendered emergency aid (blood thinner, nitro pills, etc.). 
 
Within another minute or two, the nurses had me moving toward an operating room and installed an IV in my arm with some sort of lifesaving liquid flowing into my circulatory system.
 
The Good Lord had overlooked my mistakes and put me into the hands of experts in a very timely way.  A Heart Institute doctor on call was a stent specialist.  An institute cardiologist oversaw the whole event.  Both told me that had I delayed the trip by another 5 minutes, the heart could have stopped or been severely damaged.  As it was, minimal damage was sustained.
 
Yes, the place in the thigh where Doc inserted the stent was sore all weekend, and even now, but the massive chest pain evaporated in the operating room the second they removed the blockage and installed the stent.
 
Doc gave me permission to begin work yesterday (Monday) and predicted a long life ahead.  I went to a Chamber legislative affairs meeting yesterday afternoon and early this morning I restarted my exercise program after the weekend lull.
 
I’ve found in life that some folks like to discuss their infirmities.  I do not.  Like my Dad, I like to be focused always on the next project.  But I made an exception today, for a couple reasons.  First, it seems almost misleading or dishonest to not have my friends know of such a big event.  Since virtually all my friends are readers, now you know.  And if we are not that close, you can easily round file the whole matter.   And if you don't read this, I can just say, "Well, I've told you you ought to make this your 'home page'!
 
My greatest hope is that the next time you or those close to you have a pain in the chest some of Dave’s Lessons will come to mind and cause you to TAKE ACTION!
 
Thank you, Lord, for giving me another chance—and providing guidance for my friends.  You can bet I’ll be trying harder to do what you want me to from here on out, whether I have another 30 years or just another few, precious days.       -dh