Dedicated pioneer of Alaska resource education and information, Carl Portman, announces retirement.

Carl Portman, Pioneer Communicator, Alaska Natural Resource Education and InformationPetroleum News Alaska, by Kay Cashman.  The Resource Development Council for Alaska will lose one of its most valuable employees at the end of June, Deputy Director Carl Portman.

Among many other duties, Portman has been responsible for the impressive list of presenters at the association’s conference every November.

Set to retire June 30 after what will be 39 years with RDC, Portman said he will be leaving after the association’s annual meeting.

“I still plan to help out RDC on a volunteer basis, working on the conference and other … issues. I would also like to get involved in other organizations, including Food Bank of Alaska. It’s going to be a challenging adjustment, but I’m ready to give it a shot,” he said.

Here’s how to register for this week’s big RDC conference (Space Permitting)!

Here’s the RDC Conference  Agenda.  The Wednesday oil tax panel at 1:30 p.m., covers the issue we address in our adjacent, right column.  -dh

From Consumer Energy Alliance;

David HoltMorning ConsultWhy All the Fuss About Paris Climate Pact? U.S. Is Well on the Way to Reaching Goals – David Holt, Oped – National
The agonizing in some circles over the United States’ planned withdrawal from the Paris agreement on climate control already is reaching ear-piercing levels and prompting proclamations from a few elected officials and some radical advocacy groups that the pullout is a “dark day” for the country. But the hand-wringing is unnecessary and flies in the face of clear and compelling facts that continue to go under-reported: With or without the Paris pact, the United States is already leading the world in emissions reductions and is more than half way toward reaching its goals under the accord.

Charlevoix CourierLetter — Tunnel project setbacks have gone on long enough – Chris Ventura
After several months of political confusion, the Michigan Court of Claims rejected State Attorney General Dana Nessel’s attempt to stop the Line 5 project authorized by the Legislature and the previous governor. Regardless, she has appealed the rejection despite public calls to drop the frivolous case.

Crescent Point Energy plans to sell $500 million worth of Sask. natural gas projects  Meanwhile, the company said it’s continuing to advance its plans to built an oil pipeline in southeast Saskatchewan to get more of its oil to market

 Kenney might be bilingual but he needs to learn a new  “If they are trying to create an oil state in western Canada, they cannot … the Trans Mountain Pipeline and then actually buy the project for $4.5 billion.

Greens to vote against Liberal throne speech unless carbon targets toughened: May  Calgary Herald  Calgary Herald Homepage … OTTAWA — Capping a week of meetings with opposition leaders, Justin Trudeau met … They discussed a number of areas where the Green party and Liberals share common … like the Alberta-B.C. Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and the liquefied natural gas project in …

Trudeau finishes meetings with opposition leaders with Green Party’s Elizabeth May | CBC News  Uplint.  “We could never vote confidence

in a government that was pursuing pipelines and increasing greenhouse gases,” she said. The only way to get …


Glen Biegel

We encourage readers to keep track of a devastating voter initiative now underway in Alaska. 

A selfish special interest group is sponsoring an oil tax increase petition.  Somewhat aggressive “dollar per signature” activists are standing in front of grocery storses and malls around Alaska, easily identified by the clipboards they are holding. 

Like snake oil salesmen of old, the petition peddlers shout at shoppers pleas like,  “sign here to make taxes fair and protect our schools”.   Most well intended citizens walking by are busy and tend to sign without reading the petition language that would, indeed, scare many investors away from Alaska and kill Alaska’s economy. 

As you might guess, one of the major, well-heeled special interests sponsoring the confusing change in state tax law — a lawyer — could benefit from the resulting litigation and potential ‘big money” settlements. 

We’ve dubbed this selfish attack on Alaska’s economy, “BOTAX”.  Read this earlier commentary on the subject by your author and highly respected radio talk show host, Glen Biegel.    -dh

From Must Read Alaska Monday Newsletter


Robin Brena, law partner with former Gov. Bill Walker, has hired Texas Petition Strategies for over $43,000 to collect signatures for his oil tax hike initiative (“Vote Yes for Our Fair Share”) his group wants to put on the ballot this year. The out-of-state signature collectors need more than 28,500 valid signatures by Jan. 21….  More on that later….