10-23-17 “Beware the Greeks (i.e. or Russians or Chinese) bearing gifts (i.e. Trojan Horses)!

Is any citizen uncomfortable with these headlines?  Good.  There is reason for concern! Governor Pitches Alaska Natural Gas to Chinese Sovereign Wealth Fund - Chinese President Makes Pit Stop in Alaska on Return to China - Alaska expects stronger engagement with China on gas ... - YouTube - Alaska Natural Gas International Deliveries to China (Million Cubic Feet) “Beware the Greeks (i.e. or Russians or Chinese) bearing gifts (i.e. Trojan Horses)!" Observations by Dave Harbour Alaska-Ecuador Flag Pin Rafael Correa, courtesy, Wikipedia Now look what happened to Ecuador under socialist [...]

10-19-17 One Great Alaska Gas Boondoggle – WHY WE ARE SO PROUD OF EPA TODAY!

TODAY WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THE EPA AND HERE'S WHY! And Today ... ...we draw reader attention to the enormous waste of money called the Alaska LNG Project. Tomorrow ... Alaska Governor Bill Walker. Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour ...we will draw attention to the enormous waste and foolish decision making accompanying the subsidized, so-called Interior Energy Project: a misguided and uneconomic effort to provide 'affordable' gas to the Fairbanks area.  What do the two projects have in common: Alaska Governor Bill Walker, their biggest advocate! [...]

10-13-17 Unhappy Case Histories: Canadians and Americans Can Learn From Each Other

Representative Rob Bishop, courtesy Civil Services. Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White to chair the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Chairman Rob Bishop released the following statement: “Kathleen Hartnett White is a great choice to help the administration realign priorities at CEQ. Over the past eight years, this executive office has attempted to use the National Environmental Policy Act as a tool to stonewall any project with a federal nexus. I look forward to working with her on a long overdue streamlining of [...]

10-12-17 Your Northern Energy Update

Warning: Alaska treads troubled economic waters in the middle of a fiscal storm.  Politicians are making the financial crisis worse by creating state subsidies and ratepayer risks.  The story below again reminds us of the Administration's payoff to Interior Alaska supporters via a subsidized Fairbanks gas utility (i.e. when South Central's Enstar customers paid for their own).   Not to mention the otherwise uneconomic Fire Island wind generation project and an infeasible Alaska LNG\pipeline scheme.   Note how two local politicians in the story below are discussing a strategy for squeezing [...]

10-6-17 Friday’s Much Ado About Energy … And Politics!

The Energy World Under President Trump For the energy scholars among us, this Reuters article has it all: from oil & gas to coal, Paris climate change accord, and alternative energy.  While we respect the research and statistics, we could call into question some of the journalism that leans leftward.  With that caveat, it is a piece worth maintaining in our archives and a ready reference for those of you who will be giving speeches in the near future.  We say, "near future" because the energy landscape is constantly [...]

10-5-17

Thought of the day: "Alaska's government-sponsored LNG project need not contend (directly) with Panama Canal issues.  But Alaska faces similar project risks.  Do Alaskan citizens want their government's 'go it alone LNG project' to be subject to enormous project risks?  Do Alaskans want, as their government LNG project proposes, to commit 25% cash/royalty gas equity to a risky, $40-60 billion venture?  Is the risk worth the reward?  Do citizens even know how much the reward will be?"  -dh Gulf of Mexico LNG Shippers Have a $45000-a-Day Problem, Oil & Gas [...]

11-4-17 The importance of commenting

Dear Friends: After nearly a week on a special assignment I now come up for air with a message we often forget. The message is, "Don't forget to offer public comment whether you be Alaskan, Canadian or Lower 48 citizen concerned about national security, prosperity and the Left's focus on socializing North America." With that gentle but firm reminder in place, we heed this message (below) from our friends at the Resource Development Council for Alaska. Alaskans should provide comment or testify at tonight's hearing.  Why?  [...]

9-18-17 ANWR becomes ‘real’ again!

Trump Administration Moves to Open Arctic Refuge to Drilling Studies NEW YORK TIMES, BY LISA FRIEDMAN.  An Interior Department memo has proposed lifting restrictions on seismic surveys in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which may open it to drilling. The document proposes ending a restriction that had limited exploratory drilling to the period from Oct. 1, 1984, to May 31, 1986. It also directs the agency to provide an environmental assessment and a proposed rule allowing for new exploration plans. The document, a copy of which was obtained by The [...]

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9-11-17 Lest We Forget

Walker says state won't put more money into Alaska LNG.   Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.  ANCHORAGE — Alaska won't put more money into promoting the big AlaskaLNG Project until firm commitments are made by customer.... Alaska North Slope Iñupiats Support Reasonable Development of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Point Hope, AK – Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat (VOICE) announced its support for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to drilling. The board of directors passed the resolution officially backing safe and responsible development in the refuge, specifically the 1002 coastal plain area, that represents eight [...]

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9-8-17 Alaska’s Government Owned LNG Project: Now Is Not The Time (Nor will it ever be for a bureaucrat-directed, politically risky socialist pipeline)

Mike Navarre. Northern Gas Pipelines Photo by Dave Harbour COMMENTARY: RESPECTING THE KENAI PENINSULA BOROUGH Larry Persily, former federal coordinator of the Alaska gas line projects office, currently serves as Chief of Staff to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre. We have always respected both of these individuals. No one has more to gain than they do from a successful Alaska LNG project that is currently designed to terminate in their Borough.  The employment, tax and general economic benefits of such a project would be enormous. But [...]

9-1-17 Governor Walker of Alaska Makes Confusing/Damaging Energy Decisions

Is Alaska's Governor pro-development...but only as long as his state government calls the shots and does the developing?   (Below we find the Governor's confusingly supportive actions.  In the right column, we find more substantive actions contributing to a loss of investor interest and a more dangerous economic climate.)  -dh Alaska Governor Bill Walker. Northern Gas Pipelines Photo by Dave Harbour Our commentary: Below, we have the appearance of a governor supporting federal energy access programs.  But then you notice such minor expressions of support for natural [...]

8-31-17 More On President’s Monument Review

Crises in Texas & Alaska (Please scroll down to PLF release below) Ryan Zinke, U.S. Department of Interior Secretary. Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour Commentary:  We revere the work of Pacific Legal Foundation to protect our Nation's freedoms.  We particularly appreciate its efforts to protect the vulnerable freedoms of individual American families, small companies and the energy industries. The President and his Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have undertaken the noble task of reviewing unilateral land access and land use blockades imposed by prior administrations as [...]

8-29-17 Guest Commentary On “The Opportunity Costs of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend”

This article analyzing the trade-offs involved with the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend was published in the Journal of Economics and Public Finance last week. The Opportunity Costs of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend by Roger Marks1* 1 Principal, Roger Marks Economics, Anchorage, Alaska * Roger Marks, E-mail: rmarks@rmeconomics.com Roger Marks, Senior Oil & Gas Economist. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbou Abstract The Alaska Permanent Fund was established by the State of Alaska in 1976 to save a portion of windfall revenues resulting from the [...]

8-24-17 House Committee Supports Interior’s Monument Review — And, So Do We!

Chairman Rob Bishop Washington, D.C. – Today, Chairman Rob Bishop issued the following statement in reaction to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s final review of national monument designations under the Antiquities Act (Act): "I am encouraged by the recommendations to revise previous designations that were inconsistent with the law and outside the Act's size limitations. It is my hope that President Trump takes this opportunity to begin realigning uses of the law with its intended purpose. It’s also incumbent on Congress to pursue reforms to the Act that ensure it is being used to protect antiquities while [...]