U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing for President Trump’s nominees for key positions at two federal agencies: Dan Brouillette to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE), and Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to be members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Full story here. (U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski. Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour.)
Alaska will be at the center of the response if the U.S. gets into a conflict with North Korea.
(Readers may be interested in our Washington Times commentary on Korea, and this follow-up. Also, here is a link to our presentation to the Alaska World Affairs Council on the subject of Korea, international trade and national defense.)
To Alaska’s Congressional Delegation and President Trump:
Our commentary: Judicial “sue and settle” money from oil companies is about to be used to support political efforts to brainwash Alaska’s children against the 49th State’s Constitutional reliance on natural resource development
Without oil, gas and mining income, Alaska could not remain a viable state and would need federal funding to remain viable. That is the message our children should be hearing from every teacher, no enviro-activist or government grants required. Teachers should realize, too, that their jobs are jeopardized by lack of revenue from natural resource extraction. Accordingly, the enviro-activist movement’s bias against fossil fuel should be rejected by Alaska’s leaders, schools and citizens at large.
Reference: Conservation groups aim to build climate change resiliency in the classroom. A handful of research and conservation groups received a grant this month that will fund a program aimed at engaging students in western and northern villages…
ENVIRO-ACTIVISTS WOULD TRAMPLE DUE PROCESS, BEDROCK OF THE RULE OF LAW!
Pebble Mine should be stopped in its tracks, says an Op-ed writer. Alaska Seafood is a brand. The people of Alaska own the brand and the state government protects the brand through strict regulation and oversight.
Our comment: the Author of this piece is a RETIRED Alaska seafood marketing advocate. We love and support Alaska seafood as she does. But one can love seafood and also appreciate that without extractive natural resources paying most of government’s bills Alaska would 1) have little ability to support the regulation and enforcement of ports and seafood rules, and 2) have difficulty paying retired — and current — state employees, and 3) the moderate taxes paid to Alaska by the world’s largest fishery would have to be dramatically and exponentially increased should she and her enviro-allies be successful in chasing off major wealth/job producing industries.
The author and her allies would also not be well advised to be talking much about the ‘value’ of largely seasonal seafood jobs, vs. the value and multiplier effect and year-around constancy of extractive industry jobs.
School children should be taught these basic economic facts in addition to issues like how some jobs can be a net loss to the state when one compares the seasonality, unemployment, social and public services, residency, and community service metrics that would tend to moderate against harmful bias.
In short, the Pebble Project could be one of the largest mines of its type in the world. It could be one of the few major sources of jobs for rural families. It should AT LEAST be allowed the constitutional protection of due process, a foundation of our nation’s “rule of law”. During due process, valid concerns will be addressed and the project will go forward or not based on the adjudicated facts.
To try to shut down due process, as enviro-activists have done while trying to obstruct oil, gas and mining projects, is to attack the rule of law.
For the “pioneering state” to survive, Alaska must assure that freedom and the rule of law survive specious, activist attacks.
Otherwise, Alaska can hold little future promise for children of the present generation.