We’ve been laying low for several weeks due to shoulder replacement surgery and related issues…for which we thank readers’ patience. We’re slowly repairing, able to type a little and now focused on adding appropriate northern energy content into our searchable archives as before. -dh
BIG NEWS TODAY: Trump repeals Obama’s destructive, duplicative Ocean Policy E.O. See this letter from the National Ocean Policy Coalition below, column right. -dh
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Alaska/ChiCom Coordination: Our 3rd World Governor Enters Trade Dispute
Alaska Governor Bill Walker. Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour
Governor Bill Walker on Monday released the following statement about the recent announcement that the Chinese government plans to impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of U.S. goods:
“Alaska has abundant resources, from natural gas and seafood to beer and baby food. These resources enable our state to dramatically reduce the trade deficit between the United States and China, if we can finalize agreements to increase exports of our products. Trade negotiations between leaders from both countries are ongoing. I am confident that we will, in the end, embrace the opportunity for mutual economic growth that we can achieve by working together. Next week, I will meet in Washington with leaders from both governments who have been at the table leading the efforts to avoid an unnecessary trade war. I will continue to work directly with both sides to make sure Alaska’s interests are protected.”
– Governor Bill Walker
AlaskaGov/ChinaGov LNG Project Not Free Enterprise, We Observe
In the center column, we see that Alaska’s governor continues to seek seating at the international trade dispute table as if his state were a world-class government (i.e. though its ‘sovereignty’ is local and its influence limited).
But U.S. and China diplomatic representatives have many more issues at play beneath that negotiating table, than trade issues.
Issues that will publicly or privately influence the US/China balance of payment, security and trade deficit issues do, or could, embrace such side issues as: China Sea Island sovereignty, Taiwan “one China” tension, Chinese investment in the U.S., Chinese trade secret aggression and Korean peninsula denuclearization.
Into this morass of international intrigue comes Alaska’s intrepid governor, seeking to convince parties that having Chinese Communist banks and energy companies invest in a socialized Alaska LNG project benefits America’s capitalist economic system.
Until this time, Walker has convinced the White House — probably with active or acquiescent support of Alaska’s Congressional delegation — that Walker’s government-owned, bureaucrat-led gas pipeline/LNG scheme deserves White House support. He suggests that the $40-60 billion, socialized project would improve that China-US balance of payment deficit and is probablyangling for a Federal Loan Guarantee that would foolishly pledge to creditors the full faith and credit of United States taxpayers.
The Governor has sought constituent support by touting all the jobs to be produced, though this promise rests on actual creation of a currently infeasible LNG project and whatever other concessions he negotiates with major investors, like communist China.
Walker smoothly comforts citizens with the notion that China is Alaska’s major trading partner. But a critical thinker notes that current trade interactions are undertaken by the private sector. It is true that private companies are risking private money on Chinese trade. But negotiating 1-5 year private, commercial fishing, beer, baby food and mining trade deals on behalf of shareholders is a lot different than having temporarily elected and appointed politicians and bureaucrats trying to negotiate for –and then manage — a multi-billion energy project that includes close oversight and interference by other politicians and citizens alike — for decades to come.
There is much more to say about the countless traps and snares accompanying Alaska’s amateurish, communal ownership foray into the wilderness of free market, international trade negotiations and disputes. But, for today, we’ll just recognize that Alaska’s governor is headed to D.C. next week for that purpose, leaving at home the understandably less desirable issues of fiscal crisis, and a spendthrift, deficit-spending state government.
We will add two more items about which citizens should be aware even if politicians are not:
Assuming that the temporarily elected Walker administration is 100 percent capable of owning and managing a multi-billion dollar LNG project, should citizens assume that the next administration(s) will be just as “competent”?
Are Alaskan citizens 100 percent comfortable with having temporarily elected and appointed politicians and bureaucrats pledging their natural resources to a project dependent on the good faith of the Chinese communist government? Do Alaskan citizens even know that the United States heads up the whole United Nations command in South Korea which is still technically at war not only with North Korea but also with Communist China?