6-22-17 “Here’s A Cigar;” or, “Close But No Cigar”

Our Take On Alaska's Current Budget Crisis, A Component Of the 49th State's Omnibus Fiscal Crisis by Dave Harbour The citizens of Alaska are sitting at the edge of their chairs, watching for the outcome of a budget battle building in their isolated capital of Juneau.  It could be decided as we write this and cigar boxes could open; or, July 1 could come and go, complete with untold tales of woe, and decision makers will undoubtedly console themselves that they did their best.  But we know that activity [...]

6-21-17 Alaska Celebrates 40 Years Of Prudhoe Bay Production – While Irresponsible House Majority Instigates Government Shut-Down

Of related interest: Down & out in AK, Commentary by Craig Medred.    Yet more trouble appears on the horizon for the already troubled business of journalism in Alaska. More on our earlier report covering BP's 2017 statistical review from our Mid-Atlantic energy analyst friend...demonstrating the 'reach' of this annual review  -dh:  "The BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2017 is now available. We made a quick link to it last night, but here it is again: http://www.bp.com/content/dam/bp/en/corporate/pdf/energy-economics/statistical-review-2017/bp-statistical-review-of-world-energy-2017-full-report.pdf  It is worth downloading, and the information is available on the website in [...]

By | 2017-06-21T11:11:14+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Alaska Taxes, Alaska's Fiscal Crisis, Commentary|0 Comments

6-19-17 BP’s Global Energy Review – Alaska Meetings

2017 BP Energy Report - Briefing & Reception - 6-26-17 - Anchorage | World Trade Center Members (BECOME A MEMBER) Mark Finley. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour BP's Market Expert Returns to Alaska This Month For Much Anticipated Global Energy Review BP's General Manager of Global Energy Markets, Mark Finley, will be briefing Alaskans again this month on the company's outlook for energy markets.  We've attended his appearances over the years and encourage readers to hear Mark's review at one of his appearances. [...]

6-18-17 Alaska LNG Project “Open Season”?

State open season for AK LNG Project.  It’s open season for the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. That’s not to be confused with open... Read More Alaska LNG Project Open Season Observations by Dave Harbour  After reviewing the story above, our critical thinking readers will no doubt be wondering if the term "open season" applies to a normal pipeline expansion or new pipeline process conducted by sponsors with shareholder skin in the game vs. the most expensive pipeline/LNG project in history, owned by a fiscally irresponsible state government, administered by temporary bureaucrats, approved/curtailed [...]

6-14-17 One of our readers articulates the unappreciated dangers America faces

Your publisher has always had a deep appreciation for Marc Bond, his dedication to Alaska and his professional abilities.  We, along with Easy Gilbreth, as I remember, were the three co-signers of the Articles of Incorporation of the ANWR non-profit corporation, Arctic Power.  If memory serves, our former Lieutenant Governor and current RCA Commissioner, Steve McAlpine, served as the first, or one of the first, Arctic Power presidents.   So, it is always a pleasure to hear from, read about or review the writing of such valued, old friends. [...]

6-10-17 Calgary’s Oil Patch Is Hurting

Woe is Calgary: Unemployment rate remains the worst in Canada, Calgary Herald Calgary Herald Homepage ... Calgary saw no improvement though — the city's unemployment rate remained at 9.3 per cent. ... Saskatoon, another oil and gas hub, has the third worst unemployment rate in the country. ... On Friday she tied the need to build pipelines to improving Alberta's job numbers.... (We wonder if Calgary's increased unemployment, decreased commercial space occupancy and overall economic malaise has anything to do with a liberal provincial government that seems more attracted to climate [...]

By | 2017-06-10T07:01:11+00:00 June 10th, 2017|Canadian Energy Policy, Commentary|0 Comments

6-9-17 Canadians Weigh In On ANWR. Some In Both Countries Need To Be Educated! Today We Offer — In A Tight Package — A Very Thorough ANWR Reference. With The Reference, We Invite YOUR Comments Below Which May Strengthen The Veracity And Factualness Of This Latest Addition To Our Northern Energy Archives

Matt Cronin. NGP file photo by Dave Harbour Interior Secretary Gail Norton and NGP Publisher Dave Harbour, 6-20-01. In view of how holdover government employees (i.e. of the 'deep state'), particularly those of the democrat or socialist persuasion, seek to undermine the work of a new administration, we provide this example from 2001.  It is an Anchorage Times Op-Ed penned by one of Alaska's most distinguished environmental scientists, Dr. Matthew Cronin. Thursday, November 15, 2001, Voice of the Times, Did federal agency set up Norton?  By [...]

6-4-17 How to destroy/save our freedom, free enterprise, and our energy industries

Different Subjects, Same Tactics The left's tactics have some things in common, most notably that their absence of traditional values leads to conviction that, "The End Justifies The Means". So, we urge our readers to abandon the naive reaction in response to enviro-activism, anti-oil and gas, anti-development, anti-job creation, anti-government growth, anti-government waste, anti-border protection, anti-Trump, anti-capitalism, anti-Christian leftist action that, "Gee, I wonder why they would do that!" Instead, our critically thinking readers should be observing, "Today they are attacking 'xyz' as the newest way to kill capitalism, [...]

6-3-17 President Trump: Don’t let the crony capitalists stop you from draining THEIR SWAMP!

DRAIN THE SWAMP Reaping the Rewards of Our Actions by Dave Harbour Of course the likes of Elon Musk will try to stop President Trump from draining his swamp...and opposes Trump's Paris Climate Change withdrawal. We have long thought Musk to be a business genius but we will not mourn his withdrawal as one of the President's technology advisors.  For while launching his career into greatness with a series of inventions and successful business ventures, some of his current investment depends on taxpayer and ratepayer support. Thus, his current enterprises [...]

6-2-17 Yesterday: a good decision for America

Wednesday Interior Secretary Zinke created a historic milepost for Alaska Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. File photo by Dave Harbour, Northern Gas Pipelines ; yesterday, we saw the president place an equally historical achievement on the world stage Commentary by Dave Harbour Wednesday's action by new Interior Secretary Zinke to unwind harmful Alaska energy policies and signal that "Alaska is open for business" took careful study and courage. Likewise, President Donald Trump's Rose Garden presentation on the Paris Climate Change Accord could only have been delivered by one who both understood [...]

6-1-17 Commentary: Yesterday Was A Historical Milepost In Alaska’s History!

Here's Why Yesterday Was A Historical Milepost For Alaska by Dave Harbour Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke with U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski and Governor Bill Walker. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour. Anchorage press conference, 5-31-17. Yesterday,  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wrapped up a trip to study Arctic resources with a historical speech in Anchorage delivered at the 40th Anniversary conference of the Alaska Oil & Gas Association.  Zinke had been touring Norway, Greenland and Alaska with U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, and Senators John Barrasso, John Cornyn, Steve [...]

5-26-17 Climate Change Hoax Should Be Obvious Now

The Climate Change Hoax Should Now Be Obvious To President Trump And His Family Advisors!  Kill Obama's Paris Transfer Of Wealth! THE UTTER COMPLETE TOTAL FRAUD OF WIND POWER Matt Ridley To The Point 17 May 2017 The Global Wind Energy Council recently released its latest report, excitedly boasting that ‘the proliferation of wind energy into the global power market continues at a furious pace, after it was revealed that more than 54 gigawatts of clean renewable wind power was installed across the global market [...]

5-25-17 Korea Conflict Continues: Is Alaska In The Gun Sights?

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.) Courtesy, Washington Times Should the U.S. enter conflict with North Korea, Alaska at center of response.   Alaska will be at the center [...]

5-23-17 BP Jobs Endure Through Tough Times

Late yesterday, the CEO of BP's Alaska operation wrote an open letter to Alaskans outlining the company's commitment to the state, even during this period of low oil prices.  The letter below responds to recent news reports.   -dh Janet Weiss. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour To Alaskans: As you may have seen in the news recently, BP awarded a competitively bid contract for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to Wood Group and its Alaska sub-contractor Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) Energy Services, [...]

By | 2017-05-23T10:07:11+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Commentary, NARUC|0 Comments

5-22-17 NARUC’S Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners Begins Meetings In Anchorage

Utility, Pipeline Regulators Meet In Anchorage This Week: NARUC’S Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners Commentary by Dave Harbour In an earlier life, your publisher served as Chairman and then member of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.  In that capacity, we served as Vice Chairman, Gas Committee, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and as Chairman of the Western Conference Gas Committee.   In the course of that work, we arranged for Governor Frank Murkowski and U.S. Senator Ted Stevens to address NARUC.  We [...]

By | 2017-05-22T06:34:47+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Commentary|0 Comments