3-23-18 Which is worse off, Alaska or Alberta?

Commentary by Dave Harbour Which is worse off: Alaska or Alberta? Both are controlled by liberals (i.e. socialists).  Both are dependent on fossil energy -- and the pipelines transporting it.  Both prize expanding an ever-wanting-more entitlement voter base more than a taxpayer base of wealth-creating energy investors and WORKERS.   Liberal leaders of both spend billions more than they can afford.  Both have lost thousands of taxpayer workers while keeping tax beneficiaries mostly WHOLE.  Both project a better economic day...when the current crop of political 'leaders' are safely out of [...]

3-18-18 Historical Day For Alaska Tax History – CANADIAN PIPELINE SHOWDOWN!

Saskatchewan would support Alberta's decision to turn off oil taps CBC.ca.  "If the fuel tanks start to run dry because Premier Notley has turned the tap off, it won't be Saskatchewan filling them up," the premier told CBC Radio's The ... Though Saskatchewan isn't connected to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, the delays in getting the $7.4 billion expansion completed are ... Analyst warns British Columbia gas prices could soon hit a record high Calgary Herald (3-20-18 Update) Q. WHAT IS A FAIR SHARE OF OIL TAXATION: THE ETERNAL QUESTION A. fair share of oil taxation is whatever the [...]

3-15-18 We Comment On Anchorage, Alaska Ballot Measures

Our Honest Opinion: Anchorage, Alaska Ballot Measures Comment: These voter issues appear on the Municipality Of Anchorage (MOA) April 3 election ballots being distributed this week by mail.  Since some of the measures affect energy companies and those affected by them, we have taken time this week to prepare comments.  Note that this is an opinion page.  While we have HONESTLY dedicated ourselves to being as factual as possible, based on the public information we have reviewed, we do -- as always -- encourage reader involvement.  You can comment [...]

2-15-18 BC-Alberta Pipeline Tensions Rise – Let’s Not Forget Alaska Either!

Danger Stranger by Dave Harbour Why are government officials in Alaska, Alberta and British Columbia so engaged in efforts to control utility/pipeline projects?  A.  Because that's where the money is (Ref: W.H.).  Ratepayers, Taxpayers, Citizens beware the elected elite and bureaucracy! DANGER-STRANGER We urge critical thinking Alaskans to be especially alert to utility/pipeline games.  With declining economy, unions and government workers, some utilities and compliant politicians (i.e. and croney capitalist businesses dependent on the foregoing) will naturally want to keep their constituencies WHOLE at the expense of [...]

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, [...]

1-19-18 Alaska and Alberta: Resist Socialism!

Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's socialist (i.e. communist) dictator. Comment: We continually urge Alaska and Alberta to control spending and taxation.  The two oil supported governments should resist the move toward socialism which unsuccessfully manages economies, kills economic growth, produces run-away unemployment and inflation and results in dictatorship and loss of freedom.  Following is an example of an oil-fired economy ruined by socialist dictatorship.  -dh Looting of food stores spreads in Venezuela as inflation tops 2600%.  Things are going from bad to worse in Venezuela as growing food shortages are [...]

1-9-18 PANMUNJOM SUMMIT ON KOREAN DMZ IS IN TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT! – Calling For Gas Pipeline Contractors/Operators, Ukraine! Be A Pioneer!

To our pipeline contractor/TSO friends: Kiev, Ukraine Your author serves on the board of the Export Council for Alaska.  Today we learn that the Ukrainian Government is looking for potential Gas Transportation System Operator partners. The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine invites potential Gas Transportation System Operators (TSO) to the preliminary consultations and discussion on possible conditions for the upcoming tender to attract potential TSO partner(s) to operate in newly created PJSC Main Gas Pipelines of Ukraine.  Here is the formal announcement.  Contact the following Commercial Specialist for additional assistance: Myroslava Myrtsalo, Commercial [...]

12-29-17 Another Pipedream Hits The Dust

Editorial Comment: Your author served as director of public affairs for the Arctic Gas Project in the 1970s, a  component of which was a Mackenzie Delta gas transportation project. Canada's National Energy Board killed that project and your author then served as advisor to the Foothills (i.e. Alaska highway route) pipeline project which separated itself from the Mackenzie project.  That project proved to be infeasible in the 1980s as did a Dempster Highway alternative for Mackenzie Delta gas (i.e. Maple Leaf project). During the 80s your author served as government relations [...]

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 [...]

11-11-17 Veterans Day: Not A Time For Alaska Socialism

We oppose a socialist Alaskan economy on this Veterans Day! by Dave Harbour Alaska Governor Bill Walker. NGP File Photo by Dave Harbour Below, readers will find yesterday's statement from Governor Bill Walker that congratulates the Alaska State Senate on its passage of crime reform.   He goes on to criticise the Senate for adjourning without imposing more taxes on the private sector during 1)) a time of fiscal crisis, and 2) at a time when he is crafting a socialistic energy economy a la Venezuela (Read yesterday's [...]

11/10/17 We’re From the Government and We’re Here To Help!

Consumer Interests Are Best Protected by Free Enterprises and Not Government Enterprises by Dave Harbour Alaska's governor has taken FULL CONTROL OVER what amounts to a 'nationalized' North Slope natural gas project and has attempted to make it glitter with a supportive array of "memoranda of understanding" from Asian (i.e. most recently Chinese) countries.  Without political, uneconomic dealmaking, the project is infeasible at this time--even if it were more efficiently managed by the private sector.  This is because, with an 800 mile pipeline to fold into the LNG project's [...]

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 [...]

10-5-17

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]