4-30-19 China Is Toxic

China: "Danger Stranger" Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's socialist (i.e. communist) dictator. Today as we watch an effort by the Venezuelan people to restore freedom and democracy pursuant to their Constitution, we see China, Russia and Cuba supporting dictator Maduro.  In particular, China is effectively achieving economic control over many developing countries by providing money for projects that cannot be repaid ... approved by politicians who benefit today by approving the debt their children must pay. We know our friends in Ecuador must be both outraged and fearful of [...]

By |2019-04-30T08:52:37-09:00April 30th, 2019|China, Commentary, Russia|0 Comments

12-14-18 A Citizen’s View Of The Two Alaska Gasline-LNG Projects

AK-LNG & ASAP: A Citizen Considers the Risks of Continuing Government Ownership by Dave Harbour How would you cope with the smorgasbord of problems/challenges Mike Dunleavy, assumed upon being sworn in as Alaska's Governor in early December? Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy Some of the challenges blocking Alaska’s road to economic recovery -- and obscuring its natural beauty -- include: a fiscal crisis and annual budget deficits, billions in state employee unfunded pension liability, the highest unemployment rate in the nation, growing crime, an amazingly burdensome array of [...]

9-11-18 Remembrance Day and Concern Re: Exxon – China – Russia

Please scroll down for an important ALERT ALERT ALERT! Canadian Headlines: Even under a drill-friendly Trump, pipeline battles rage on in the US, too  CBC.ca "There is a worrisome trend of pipeline construction projects...."  Globe & Mail Only Parliament can fix Canada's pipeline impasse Calgary Herald Nelson: Alberta's iconic entrepreneurs would be appalled today  A decade later, Alberta project aims to both capture CO2 and boost oil output U.S. Headlines: State and ExxonMobil reach agreement on preliminary gas line sales Anchorage Daily News - Sean Parnell, ExxonMobil and the state agreed to a deal that set future options for development at the Point Thomson field. The [...]

By |2018-09-11T10:36:51-09:00September 11th, 2018|AGDC, Alaska Governor Bill Walker, China, LNG, Rule Of Law, Russia|0 Comments

8-23-18 China Sends Alaska LNG Conflicting Signals & ALASKANOMICS

(We are grateful for the effort former Alaska Gasline Federal Coordinator, Larry Persily (Photo), devotes to consolidating LNG news relevant to Alaska.  It remains available and searchable in our archives, thanks to him.  -dh) Oil and gas news briefs for Aug. 23, 2018 China sends confusing signals for tariffs on U.S. LNG, crude oil (Radio Free Asia; Aug. 20) - China has sown confusion in international energy markets after reconsidering plans to slap tariffs on U.S. crude and liquefied natural gas. The conflicting signals reflect Beijing's uncertainty about the [...]

8-22-18 Alaskans: Join A Trade Mission to Mongolia!

Our Friend, Debbie Franklin in Anchorage's Department of Commerce export assistance office sends us today this invitation to do business in Mongolia: For our Alaska readers: Expand your business into Mongolia! Alaska and Mongolia share similar geography, Arctic climate, isolated rural population and a vast mineral wealth. These commonalities and the similar challenges both face, allow for a better understanding of each other. Mongolia is a stable democracy sandwiched between China and Russia, and is supportive of the U.S. Alaska and Mongolia have formalized their relationship through two programs.  [...]

By |2018-08-22T13:50:26-09:00August 22nd, 2018|Alaskanomics, China, LNG|0 Comments

8-20-18

Finally, Alaska politicians may realize that a state government risks much by trying to negotiate fairly with ChiComs.... China Reportedly Probed Alaskan Networks Ahead of Governor's Trade Mission  Government Technology.  The state's Department of Natural Resources is a key state agency involved in the Alaska LNGproject that helps oversee the oil and gas industry. Story from Alaska Public Media by Rashah McChesney. ... (Priscilla Moriuchi is)  the Director of Strategic Threat Development and supervises the team at Recorded Future that put out a report on the surveillance. The report details evidence that computers at Tsinghua University [...]

8-14-18 Trouble In Canada’s Energy Sector

Oh Canada! Corbella: Saudi feud highlights Canada's lack of energy security  Calgary Herald.  “If you simply ask Quebecers — and most Canadians for that matter — 'Do you like or want pipelines? Or do you want oil in your life?' A clear majority … Your letters for Monday, Aug. 13 Calgary Herald.  Friday, as I often do, I sat at my kitchen island to read the Herald; nice to lay it flat ... Page A10, the last page of the first section, showed people in Calgary, ... Re: “Trudeau's actions have helped fuel Saudi regime,” Licia Corbella, [...]

8-13-18: DOI Set To IMPROVE Operation of Endangered Species Act for Species & Citizens … China Says Alaska LNG Deal In Doubt

  Op-Ed: At Interior, We’re Ready To Bring The Endangered Species Act Up To Date Dep. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt The Washington Post Aug. 9, 2018 A modern vision of conservation is one that uses federalism, public-private partnerships and market-based solutions to achieve sound stewardship. These approaches, combined with sensible regulations and the best available science, will achieve the greatest good in the longest term. Last month, the Trump administration took this approach to bringing our government’s implementation of the Endangered Species Act into the 21st century. [...]

8-8-18 Will Alaskans Let A CABAL Kill Their Economy?

Killing Alaska's Pioneering State Economy by Dave Harbour Here is a grassroots program designed to kill 49th state free enterprise.  This socialist feat is accomplished by creating an Enviro-Industrial-Governmental Cabal model with insufficient means of sustaining itself in the free market.  It reflects the same thinking that permits current Alaskan leadership to ignore prudent budgeting during a fiscal crisis while attempting to marry Alaska's future with Chinese Communist energy and finance companies in consummating an as yet infeasible LNG project.  We don't know whether to label such leadership "narcissistic", "naively well [...]

7-31-18 Alaska Business Leader Opines On China

Alaska/China Bedfellows -Opinion- China purchases a Papa Bear's percentage of Alaska's prodigious seafood market.  No worries, though, because the interaction is largely year to year business interaction between the Communist country and a number of private sector risk takers. Alaska's governor believes that the seafood experience bodes well for his plan to finance a $40-60 billion Arctic gas pipeline/LNG project using long term contracts with China as security for a finance plan. Apples and oranges. A large number of private sector investors assume the risk that a seafood deal [...]

7-24-18 PipeCo Says No; Borough Says Yea To Pipe Terminus

That's a fine kettle of fish! A pipeline says no and the local government says yes.  Our thanks to Larry Persily for this report AGDC says Port MacKenzie ‘not feasible’ for LNG termina Larry Persily. Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbourt By Larry Persily paper@alaskan.com July 23, 2018 TheSeveral months of additional review did not change the opinion of the state’s North Slope natural gas project development team that Nikiski is a better site than the Matanuska-Susitna Borough-promoted Port MacKenzie for a multibillion-dollar gas liquefaction plant and [...]

7-20-18 Alaska’s Socialist LNG Export Project

What about competitive position of the Alaska LNG idea? The greatest, current competitive failing of the Alaska government LNG project -- aside from its crippling socialist model -- is that its competitors do not have to include the cost of an 800 mile arctic pipeline into the financing plans of their near-tidewater LNG projects.  In addition, most of the competition has better labor costs, better logistics, better climatic conditions, and better investor owned management incentives, discretion and market-place reaction times.   -dh Today's Alaska LNG News and Our Comment: [...]

7-17-18 ConocoPhillips Continues To Expand Alaska North Slope Oil Wealth Resource

ConocoPhillips Expects Another Active Exploration and Appraisal Season in 2019 “We believe that the company’s Alaska plan aligns with our disciplined, returns-focused strategy, supports Alaska’s economy and creates significant value for shareholders,” said Ryan Lance, chairman and chief executive officer (Photo). “Alaska provides competitive investment opportunities and will generate profitable growth from diversified investments with significant exploration upside. We are proud of the value we create for the State of Alaska through the revenues we generate, the jobs we create and the community investments we make. Our shareholders realize [...]

6-26-18 Interesting Items

Alaska LNG Project and Related News AGDC receives approval for Alaskan pipeline project.  Interfax Global Energy.  Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) has received environmental approval for one of two pipeline projects it is considering building, according ... Our Commentary: Remember how Alaska's Governor bragged about how the Chinese were a great trading partner...Alaska's largest trading partner.  ...and that partnership was based in part on the Alaska salmon the Chinese purchased. And that is supposed to prove how good a partner China would be re: the state owned, bureaucrat controlled Alaska LNG scheme?  And note [...]

6-20-18 The Show (Archive) Must Go On!

We've been laying low for several weeks due to shoulder replacement surgery and related issues...for which we thank readers' patience.  We're slowly repairing,  able to type a little and now focused on adding appropriate northern energy content into our searchable archives as before.  -dh BIG NEWS TODAY: Trump repeals Obama's destructive, duplicative Ocean Policy E.O.  See this letter from the National Ocean Policy Coalition below, column right.  -dh Today's Latest Northern Energy News: Oil, Gas & LNG Readers: Download the "six behaviors" below for important [...]