4-28-17 Alaska Governor Justifies ‘Broad Based Tax’

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski with President Trump. 4-28-17. Congressman Don Young with President Trump, 4-28-17 Washington Examiner (4/27/17) reports: “President Trump on Friday "will sign" an executive order on opening up the U.S. coasts to more offshore drilling while reviewing a number of former President Barack Obama's marine monument and sanctuary approvals seen as barriers to offshore energy development.  (Note: this morning the President did sign the E.O. with Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Congressman Don Young present at the White House.  We are delighted that the [...]

4-24-17 Fraser Institute Climate Change Reality Check

Canada’s air cleanest it’s been in 40 years, stricter environmental regulation may unnecessarily harm economy Canada’s air quality has dramatically improved over the past four decades despite significant population and economic growth and increased energy usage, finds Canada's Air Quality Since 1970: An Environmental Success Story.  Read more Our readers will remember what the real goal is of the climate change cabal!  

4-21-17 Arctic (And Other Energy) Conferences!

Yesterday, we advised readers about two upcoming conferences, one in Inuvik, NWT and one in Anchorage.  Below, we alert readers to consider several more!  -dh Enjoy The Kentucky Derby Spirit With An Alaska Railroad Twist! Alaska's Energy and Minerals Sector Could Interface With Other Constituent Businesses In A Great Atmosphere.  Join Us Next Week!  -dh On Friday, April 28, 2017, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce invites our readers to come aboard the Annual Anchorage Chamber Train Ride, held from noon to 4:30 p.m., on the Alaska Railroad passenger train. This [...]

4-20-17 Plan Ahead For Arctic Conferences!

We are sure that our Arctic oil, gas and mining readers will find this conference useful: International Business Conference & Trade Show Sheraton Anchorage Hotel    Alaska's Premier Arctic Business Event Focused Squarely on Trade, Commerce, and Investment in the Region.  Four Ways Your Company Can Participate in  Arctic Ambitions VI Conference & Trade Show    ATTEND THE CONFERENCE This year, the theme of the conference is New Arctic Realities: The Path Forward. With this theme, we will highlight the following areas: transportation, technology and innovation, infrastructure development, natural resource [...]

4-19-17 BEWARE ENERGY AND OTHER PRODUCTIVE INDUSTRIES: OBAMA IS STILL ORGANIZING TO REPLACE YOU WITH DICTATORIAL SOCIALISM

America's constitution and free enterprises under attack by America's ex-president Masked activists on the attack, April 2017 Christiana Figueres, UN Framework on Climate Change, kill capitalism At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism. “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally…to change the [...]

4-17-17 Alaska’s Leaders Bring State To Edge of Fiscal Crisis Cliff — TAX HEARING TONIGHT!

Comment:  In addition to increasing oil taxes in a low oil price era, the Alaska State House of Representatives is advocating recreating an Alaska income tax in an effort to maintain its outrageous, deficit spending on public employees and entitlement programs.  We heartily endorse the comments of the State Senate President, below.    PLEASE SEE THE MESSAGE BELOW FROM CARL PORTMAN (i.e. NGP Photo), RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL FOR ALASKA RE: TODAY'S TAX HEARING!  -dh News from the Alaska State Legislature, the Office of Senate President Pete Kelly JUNEAU – [...]

By | 2017-04-17T15:31:52+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Alaska Taxes, Alaska's Fiscal Crisis, Commentary|2 Comments

4-11-17 So who thinks Alaska LNG is competitive today?

From our Aussie energy analyst; more LNG from the Middle East: So, does a new tranche of Quatarian gas make North American LNG less or more competitive?  Regardless of your answer does anyone dispute that Alaskan Arctic LNG, with the liability of financing an 800 mile pipe in the high cost North, will be the last to be financed (i.e. without government subsidy)?  -dh Last week we reported on the Qatari announcement that the No. 1 gas exporting nation (but not quite No. 1 footballing nation) was lifting its [...]

4-6-17 Irresponsible Government Budgets Cry Out For Spending Limit

See our related spending limit commentary, 1-30-17 First warning to lawmakers December 30, 1980 was,"Control spending while you can; it is the CHALLENGE OF PLENTY!" Kudos to the "in the trenches" work of Jeremy Price, Commentary below GUEST COMMENTARY: Budget crisis highlights need for spending cap  By:  Jeremy Price Guest commentary Alaska Journal of Commerce, 04/05/2017 Irresponsible spending by state lawmakers has left us with a multibillion-dollar budget deficit. This latest crisis underscores the need to tighten the state’s “spending cap” on annual expenditures, and a bill recently passed in the [...]

4-4-17 The ‘Climate Change’ Farce Becomes More and More Apparent

From our friends at American Energy Alliance: Trust us. This isn't an anomaly. Inside Sources (3/30/17) reports: “Conservatives for Clean Energy seems like a right-leaning environmental group. After all, it has conservative in the name and its website praises “choice and competition” for providing benefits for consumers. Its website explains that the group “educates the public on the benefits of clean and renewable energy sources.” But is the group in fact more green than red? Despite its free market trappings, Conservatives for Clean Energy has financial ties to major [...]

4-3-17 Russia Is Strong In the Arctic — U.S. Better Get Its Act Together!

Note: The US better get its act together if it wishes to be a player in the Arctic.  Russia is on the march.  Alaska is the U.S. Arctic gateway.  Does the U.S. wish to become competitive in an area where the majority of the world's energy reserves are...or, do we play defense against Russian economic and military initiatives.   See our 4-1-17 Russian commentary.  -dh Russian tanker forges path for Arctic shipping super-highway Author: Olesya Astakhova, Reuters SABETTA, Russia — An ice-breaking liquefied natural gas tanker docked for the first [...]

By | 2017-04-03T04:36:28+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Arctic Policy, Commentary, Competition, OCS|0 Comments

4-1-17 IT’S APRIL FOOL’S DAY! But the comment below is real.

Alaska Governor Wants Trump to Back LNG Pipeline “Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.” —Perth, Scotland, 28 May 1948, in Churchill, Europe Unite: Speeches 1947 & 1948 (London: Cassell, 1950), 347. Our commentary:   As an Alaska citizen and federal taxpayer this writer resents and opposes the suggestion by Alaska's governor that public dollars be wasted on his government-owned, socialist LNG pipedream project: in the form of grants, loans or loan guarantees.     Conservatives and liberals alike should be able [...]

3-31-17 Shale is competitive but how about high cost, Alaska Prudhoe Bay and Alberta Oil Sands?

When we read Frost's, The Road Not Taken, neither he nor we know if the path he took was best.   Courtesy: Pinterest Heaven knows we've opined enough on the effect of hostile government policies on the ability of producers in high cost environments to continue producing taxes and royalties for their governments and profits for their shareholders.  We've encouraged northern Alaska state and Canadian provincial governments to spend more time looking outward -- to better understand global competition.  Instead, politicians on both sides of their national boundaries are [...]

3-29-17 Governor’s Government LNG Marketing Efforts Cost Much, Produced Little to Nothing

If you had a multi-billion dollar private sector project... Courtesy Buzzfeed. ...would you hire a government bureaucracy to do it for you?   Actually, this is what is happening.  The citizens of Alaska elected a lawyer who takes over a private sector project, flies around Asia and the Lower 48 on marketing trips, and continues to operate LNG marketing offices in Japan and Houston while supporting tax increases on the oil industry and presiding over a state that refuses to significantly cut its operating budget while its subsidized budget [...]

3-21-17 Economist Roger Marks Fact Checks Lawyer’s “Fair Share” Cliché (UPDATE)

Calgary Herald by Javier Blax.   Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Chevron Corp., are jumping into American shale with gusto, planning to spend a combined $10 billion this year, up from next to nothing only a few years ago.  (Many Alaskan and Alberta elected officials -- obviously -- have no concept of the principle of worldwide competition for attracting natural resource investment dollars.  -dh) Critical Thinking The end of the Alaska Legislature's 2017, third trimester approaches.  The socialist-leaning House majority has cut off debate on their [...]

3-16-17 We have trusted you, President Trump, to maintain your correct climate change (hoax) position. Please do not let one or two close advisors deter you from the right course!

Photo: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kusher, for whom we have held great regard based on their dispassionate, logical, loyal and wise counsel.     If we ourselves misunderstand the larger picture and strategy, we invite additions/corrections and will highlight any corrections at the top of this and/or subsequent postings, as is our custom. The accuracy of our archives is our most important priority. -dh Congratulations, Mr. President, on moving to pull back EPA’s fuel efficiency standards! "The president's daughter and son-in-law pushed the Republican executive to get rid of [...]