9-16-16 – “Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive”

When Trust Is Trussed In Webs of Abuse (Forbes: Hope For Massive Alaska Energy Project Crashes and Burns ***** Clarion: Hope springs eternal - but the money won't) Sir Walter Scott's, "Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive", contains a principle of trust essential to the survival of a free state. We have seen what a tangled web the U.S. federal administration has spun by its pattern of lawlessness and overreaching jurisdiction justified by complex alibis (i.e. IRS, Keystone, Pebble, Dakota Access, Alaska, etc.)  We have also seen a new [...]

7-4-16 Celebrate The Fourth: Rededicate to God, Country, Free Enterprise and Energy Independence

Steve Moore's New Book precisely reflects the philosophy of this webpage for the last 15 years--and your publisher's philosophy as a member of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska: Deregulate where we can; regulate where we must.  In this way we protect the public interest in general and consumer interest in particular by enabling the private sector to provide the greatest volume of energy responsibly...for the lowest possible cost. From Amazon: "In Fueling Freedom, energy experts Stephen Moore and Kathleen Hartnett White make an unapologetic case for fossil fuels, turning around [...]

5-27-16 Trump On Energy: A Work In Progress We Can Support!

Headlines For Our Special Interest Readers: Alaska Oil Producers Respond To Low Oil Prices; Yedlin: PwC energy forum renews need for urgency on energy exports; EDITORIAL: Lack of leadership on display from Gov, Legislature; Braid: A Trump welcome for a Notley ally; Legacy wells need full clean-up: Government wells still polluting Alaska, funding running short; Walker's repackaged tax proposals land with thud in the Legislature Trump In N.D. Yesterday Addressed Fracking, Keystone XL and Alaska The man is a work in progress that the energy industries can support by Dave Harbour [...]

5-23-16 By Increments We Can Lose A Nation’s Liberty

Energy Is The Very Foundation Of North American Freedom Eco-socialist Strategists Know That The Means, Transportation and Distribution of Energy Production Can Come Under Their Control Via Government Expropriation And/Or Regulatory Power by Dave Harbour Today we ask our readers to recognize the dots that connect socialism and eco-activism to the undoing of free energy markets and freedom itself. We will demonstrate why this transformation is not merely the natural swing, back and forth, of a political pendulum. Our readers can surely agree that: Freedom can be eliminated by eliminating free enterprise. [...]

5-16-16 When Will Oil Prices Recover Enough To Re-establish Alaska & Alberta Prosperity?

"It's Tough To Make Predictions, Especially About The Future"  -  Yogi Berra Commentary By Dave Harbour Dan Yergin, NGP file photo. (See Yergin's WSJ comments below) By mid-year, 1967, Atlantic Richfield Company's (ARCO) Susie rig had completed its Alaska North Slope oil exploration mission, unsuccessfully.  Then, an old friend and colleague, Harry Jamison, ARCO's Alaska Manager, prevailed upon company Chairman, Robert O. Anderson, for one last well attempt.  "Robert O" as we called him, supported the recommendation to the Board, which approved that one more try.   Just after [...]

Alaska And Alberta Struggle To Save Oil Patch Economies – Scroll Down For Today’s Commentary, “U.S. & Canadian Environmental Laws/Regs Have Moved Beyond ‘Reasonable’ To Becoming Weapons Against Capitalism”

Calgary Herald/CP.  Canada’s environment minister won’t say if the country can meet its climate change commitments and at the same time green-light new pipeline projects.  Catherine McKenna told reporters.... Larry Persily, former Alaska gas pipeline federal coordinator. NGP Photo. See Larry Persily's just released energy links, mostly dealing with Alaska's LNG competitors.  Meanwhile, we urge readers to absorb the wisdom in the AK-HEADLAMP report below: Increasing oil & gas taxes in a low price or any environment is not a strategy that will attract investment [...]

Big Alaska OCS Hearing Schedule Kicks Off Tomorrow In Anchorage

KTUU Television.  Oil production in Alaska increased ... during the last 12 months, the first year-over-year production increase the state has seen since 2002. See Alberta Job Losses, Bottom, Column Right From the Anchorage Office of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) we received this note over the weekend from Michael Haller: Good Afternoon Dave: I haven't seen you in a while, but wanted to pass personal thanks for getting our info up on the NGP website for all to see and be aware of. These are important meetings [...]

Alaska’s Fiscal Crisis Is All About Irresponsible Spending and Responsible Natural Resource Development

Alaska's Fiscal Crisis: Irresponsible Spending vs. Responsible Resource Development  *     *     * i.e. Socialism vs. Free Enterprise *     *     * Socialism seeks to control the means, transportation and distribution of production.  Two socialists are competing for the Democrat presidential primary.  One of those socialists has been endorsed by Alaska democrats.  Alaska's democrats are in a partnership with Alaska's "independent" governor.  The Governor wants equity control over a gas pipeline project and exercises bureaucratic control over [...]

11-17-15 Statoil Leaves Alaska – Murkowski Schedules ANILCA Hearing

TransCanada thrives amid intense challenges.  Read more below.  -dh U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski Responds TODAY TO  Statoil's decision to end its Alaska Arctic offshore exploration program.   Schedule now for this hearing of Senator Lisa Murkowski's (NGP Photo) Energy and Natural Resources Committee:   Thursday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.,  Full committee hearing on implementation of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980, including perspectives on the Act’s impacts in Alaska and suggestions for improvements to the Act.  Seeking Alpha.  TransCanada says it is sticking with a plan to increase investor payouts by 8%-10% annually through 2020 even [...]

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11-16-15 Canada Waits For Political Winds To Shift In Favor of Keystone XL – and – Ak-LNG Update On the Kenai Peninsula

TODAY'S  relevant energy links, courtesy: Consumer Energy Alliance: Steel on Steel: News Radio with John Loeffler  President Obama rejected the Keystone Pipeline permit this week, handing green activists a victory and dealing the oil industry and Canada a loss. Michael Whatley (NGP Photo), Executive Vice President for Consumer Energy Alliance, examines how thousands of jobs and dollars will not find their way into our economy, and how Canada is waiting for the political winds to shift in America before revisiting the project.    Peninsula Clarion by Ken Boettger.   Nikiski residents gathered [...]

By |2016-12-22T22:27:47-09:00November 16th, 2015|Keystone XL, LNG|0 Comments

10-28-15 Shell Hit Again–This Time In Canada

Today's LNG Hearings and Shell's Canadian Setback (Note as you read all these items how closely related energy projects are to the economic health of our economies!  Perhaps as enviro activists and hostile local and federal governments attack energy projects in the future these case histories will cause the adults in the room to better and more loudly articulate a wiser way forward.  -dh) ADN by Pat Forgey.  Gov. Bill Walker (NGP Photo) is wondering if pension borrowing may be useful in Alaska. Under consideration are what are known as "pension obligation [...]

By |2016-12-22T22:27:49-09:00October 28th, 2015|Commentary, Keystone XL, LNG|0 Comments

10-22-15 TransCanada Cuts Senior Staff

TransCanada Story LNG PRICES CONTINUE TUMBLING, THREATENING FEASIBILITY OF MANY PENDING LNG PROJECTS!  Our thanks to Frank Avezac for the link.    -dh Juneau Empire by James Brooks.  The state of Alaska is negotiating up to the last minute on proposals that would guarantee major oil producers’ participation in the state’s liquefied natural gas pipeline, Gov. Bill Walker told reporters Wednesday afternoon.  (Note: only a very foolish governor would threaten his state's biggest investors.  Any short term victories will be dwarfed by a long term bias against investment in such a state. [...]

By |2016-12-22T22:27:58-09:00October 22nd, 2015|Keystone XL|0 Comments

10-21-15 BP Inks Two Big Deals With China

Will The New Liberal Government In Canada Strike A Climate Change Deal With Obama In Return For Keystone XL Approval?   LNG Agreement Signed During State Visit to UK BP and China Huadian Corporation (Huadian) today signed a sale and purchase agreement for BP to sell Huadian up to 1 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year worth up to $10 billion over the next 20 years.              The agreement was one of several signed in London during this week’s State Visit to [...]

By |2016-12-22T22:27:58-09:00October 21st, 2015|Keystone XL, LNG, You Read It Here First|0 Comments

4-23-15 US Administration Should Emulate Canadian Regulatory System

ExxonMobil's Rex Tillerson Compliments Canadian Regulatory System, Chastises U.S. Administration (i.e. ...with good reason, as we have documented herein.   We would also observe that many U.S. and many Canadian decisions affect citizens of the other country, their economy and their very lives.  Therefore, as each others' largest trading partner, we should always be aware that our decisions encompass much more than simply "our" economy or "our" politics.  Tillerson is right.  From personal knowledge we are very familiar with NEB and FERC energy regulatory systems along with state and provincial systems.  Sometimes the US [...]