3-6-18 Stop the LNG madness!

Alaska's Imprudent LNG Folly Threatens Its Future The Alaska Legislature should stop the madness and funding during this legislative session by Dave Harbour Yesterday, we again made reference to the folly of doing risky, long term business deals with communist China, with whom the United States is still at a state of war on the Korean Peninsula, along with North Korea. Sure, China buys a lot of fish from private, Alaska commercial fishing businesses.  That is far different than an Alaska governor, expropriating the multi-multi-billion dollar Alaska North Slope [...]


"...the path to American Energy Dominance starts in Alaska." -RZ Ryan Zinke. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour WASHINGTON – Two senior U.S. Geological Survey officials have stepped down after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke demanded that they provide his office with confidential data on the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska before it was released to the general public. Murray Hitzman and Larry Meinert – who had served as the agency's associate director for energy and minerals and acting deputy associate director for energy and minerals mission area, [...]

1-23-18 Just remember….

Just remember... Private companies when filing with FERC and other agencies -- for energy projects or just for portions of a project regulated by a particular agency -- really have to have their acts together. Among that preparation is a reasonable degree of knowledge and proof -- acceptable to the board of directors as well as convincing to the agency -- that the project is real.  The application must be solid: environmental research/safeguards (i.e. air, water, earth and flora and fauna, including birds, mammals, fish), geological, cultural, archaeological, logistic, [...]

1-22-18 Alaska’s Pipe Policy Pursues Perfidy

Saturday We Said, "Canada's Pipe Policy Pursues Perplexity" (Today, it's Alaska's Turn) We say Alaska pursues perfidy because it does.  Everyone in the state with at least one good eye on this government-owned bureaucrat-controlled enterprise (i.e. the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, or AGDC) knows it is is not what it claims to be. Heaven knows what Governor Walker told President Trump about his pipedream last year when his role as governor gained him entrance to America's seat of power to talk about a $1 trillion US "Infrastructure" investment project.  [...]

1-4-18 Big Energy News For Alaska And The Whole Country!

Remembering our birth as a state: Alaska entered the Union 59 years ago, starting a new life.  News-Miner opinion: It was 59 years ago this week that the U.S. flag took in a 49th state — ours. Caribou on oil industry gravel pad. Five feet above the mosquito infested tundra decreases mosquito caused mortality among spring-born calves. -dh Porcupine caribou herd numbers highest in monitoring history The Porcupine caribou herd, whose range includes the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, has grown to the highest number seen since monitoring started back [...]

12-28-17 Alaska’s Governor Supports Climate Change Movement!

Global Warming Opinion From Our Mid-Atlantic Energy Analyst: Given the odd pattern of the holiday weeks, we forgot until today about Euan Mearns’ Blowout Week, which we generally link.  http://euanmearns.com/blowout-week-208/#more-20518 Given the weather for the northeast quadrant of the U.S.  this week (the high here today was 12 degrees, and snowing hard in Geauga County), our two favorites deal with ongoing predictions of global warming. On the one hand, GLOBAL WARMING (GW) is causing ongoing record snowfalls:  Reuters: Climate change driving record snows in Alaskan mountains The study by researchers from Dartmouth College, the [...]

12-21-17 Yesterday Was A Historical and Memorable Day For Alaska … And The Nation!

Trump's EPA Could Open Door For Alaska Gold And Copper Mine.  A proposed gold and copper mine in Southwest Alaska is one step closer to becoming a reality this week: On Monday the company behind Pebble Mine announced a new investor. Second big Pebble announcement: Permit application on Friday.  Just days after Northern Dynasty Minerals of Canada announced it had brought on a major partner, the company today says it has final paperwork ready to file for a major permit… Alaska And The Nation Will Now Have ANWR Support For America's New [...]

12-19-17 What’s Icing On The Tax Reform Cake?

Chairman Bishop Addresses ANWR Today, the House approved the conference report on H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts & Jobs Act.” The bill includes language that opens up a small portion of the non-wilderness 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for responsible energy development. Chairman Rob Bishop issued the following statement: “How do you improve a historic tax cut? I can’t think of a better way than to add the pro-jobs, pro-growth and pro-American energy provisions opening ANWR to responsible development. Senator Murkowski and Rep. Young should be [...]


Russia Wins in Arctic After U.S. Fails to Kill Giant Gas Project By Jack Farchy and Elena Mazneva Building the $27 billion Yamal liquefied natural gas project meant shipping more than 5 million tons of materials to construct a forest of concrete and steel 600 kilometers north of the Arctic circle, where temperatures can drop to -50 degrees celsius and the sun disappears for two months straight. Yet those challenges weren’t as tough as the U.S. sanctions imposed in 2014, forcing a complete refinancing just as construction was about to start. Jacques [...]

12-4-17 We’re Back, Refreshed And Find The Alaska Gasline/LNG Challenge Remains

Suzanne Downing, Courtesy, Must Read Alaska The main Alaska gas export project obstacle is the 49th state's political leadership that believes socializing the private energy industry justifies rejection of logic, supply-demand principles and industry expertise when,"now is not the time" for an Alaska gas export project. Today, the publisher of Must Read Alaska, Suzanne Downing, has written a compelling critique of the "non-binding agreement" Alaskan bureaucrats have signed with communist Chinese-owned company bureaucrats.  Find her "China Takes All" analysis here. But what is the most frightening element of [...]


AIDEA approves sale of LNG plant to Fairbanks gas utility, Alaskajournal.com -- IGU demands changes to Pentex deal  -- AIDEA rules to keep on trucking to natural gas-starved Fairbanks -- Pipe dream – Craig Medred N.W.T. premier issues 'red alert' on 'colonial' attack on territory's oil and gas future.  Premier Bob McLeod (NGP Photo by Dave Harbour) says it is offensive and patronizing for southern Canadians to tell northerners they can't benefit from oil and gas development because it's time to save the planet. Our Friends at Resource Development Council for Alaska alert us that TODAY: [...]

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 [...]

10-13-17 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 [...]