Calgary Herald, by Dina O’Meara.  Enbridge Embarks on $3.2 Billion Expansion of Pipeline System

Bloomberg by Ramsey Al-Rikabi.   Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., operator of the 800-mile Trans-Alaska crude system, will close for work (today), the first of as many as five shutdowns scheduled until Aug. 5.

Intergenerational Inequity


Dave Harbour

(Read the full article in this month’s Alaska Business Monthly: Page 1 and Page 2)

Author’s note: Intergenerational inequity is a fancy term for spending money we don’t have and letting our kids pay our debt, with interest.  Politicians love this form of theft by a voting generation from the young, unaware non-voting generation.  It is part of the fundamental problem Alaska has as it spends imprudently when elected leaders all know the pipeline is 2/3 empty and on its last legs.  Some will say, “Well, look at all the money we’re saving.  No we’re not.  We are not paying down the huge public employee retirement deficiency of approximately $15 billion and our bloated, entitlement spending rips ahead as if everything were normal.  Then, there are the $15 trillions of Federal debt.  Parents who do this to their kids should be locked into stocks in Town Square.  But those responsible will instead retire with financial rewards as fewer and fewer employed persons work harder and harder to pay off the indenture placed upon their necks like an ox yoke.  Rise up, children, whether you can vote or not, and begin to tell your parents and elected leaders, “Don’t buy your generation services and stuff that I have to pay for!  I am not your indentured servant!  America’s founders fought for freedom from ‘taxation without representation’.  They won that fight.  Why do you want to make us kids pay the price to win that victory all over again?”  -dh

Maybe our kids, looking forward to no viable economy in Alaska, should confront elected officials and also begin picketing the ‘enemy within’, NGO’s that are doing everything possible to subvert the natural resource development basis of Alaska’s constitution.   Then, there’s this.  Scroll down for similar news in recent days’ reports.  -dh


Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a mineral production and Indian land energy Doc Hastings, US Congress, Photo by Dave Harbourbill.  “By streamlining government bureaucracies, we can boost American production of critical minerals such as rare earths that China has nearly one hundred percent control over.  These critical minerals are vital for manufacturing everything from cell phones to hybrid vehicles.” said Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (NGP Photo).  “Indian lands are unfortunately home to some of America’s highest unemployment rates, yet they also contain the greatest job creation potential through energy development.  Due to restrictive and cumbersome federal regulations, many tribes have been unable to harness their own energy resources.  The Native American Energy Act allows tribes more control over their land by streamlining government barriers to energy production.”

“Every provision of this bill was requested by Indian tribes or Alaska Native Corporation leaders.  The bill is a product of consultation with tribal leaders who U.S. Congressman, Don Young, Photo by Dave Harbourare interested in increasing Native Americans’ control over the energy resources beneath and on their lands,” said Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Chairman Don Young (NGP Photo).  “A number of tribal leaders provided excellent testimony underlining the need to remove federal red-tape that stands between them and timely, efficient production of energy resources that creates jobs for tribal members and nearby communities, revenues for the tribal government, and energy security for all Americans.”

In the spirit of the House Republicans’ American Energy Initiative effort, the House Natural Resources Committee today passed three bills, with bipartisan support, to expand onshore energy production, lower gasoline prices and create new American jobs.  The bills would reduce burdensome government hurdles and streamline duplicative and unnecessary bureaucratic obstacles to onshore American energy production while encouraging job creation and economic growth.