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September 4, 2015

Incumbent US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R, AK ) is up for reelection next year. Given the absolute mess that the US Senate has turned into, perhaps it is time to explore a few observations and rumors about the upcoming campaign.

Incumbent US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R, AK ) is up for reelection next year. Given the absolute mess that the US Senate has turned into, perhaps it is time to explore a few observations and rumors about the upcoming campaign.

September 4, 2015

While it is always a positive to see the Chief Executive visit the state, given the Obama regime’s hostility to resource development had a lot of us worried. So far, there are no new National Monuments (yet).

June 2, 2015

What if the opposition to the use of coal here in the US is stopping continuous improvement in cleanliness and performance of coal-fired plants here in the US while the rest of the world continues to make rolling improvements in new plants, taking the older, dirtier, more polluting plants out of service as the new generation comes on line?

March 9, 2015

Alice Rogoff’s fish wrapper decided late last week their axis of attack on the Republican majority in the legislature was to go after conservatives, particularly those with some connection to mining on vague claims of conflict of interest.

Alice Rogoff’s fish wrapper decided late last week their axis of attack on the Republican majority in the legislature was to go after conservatives, particularly those with some connection to mining on vague claims of conflict of interest.

December 31, 2014

Governor Bill Walker issued an administrative order Friday, December 26, 2014 directing all state agencies to stop non-obligated spending on the following six projects: the Ambler Road, Juneau Access Road, Watana Dam, Kodiak Launch Project, Knik Arm Crossing, and the Alaska Stand-Alone Pipeline Project.

September 5, 2014

Energy projects are sized based on what market they supply. Typically, economics drive them to be as large as possible to meet the need. It is more expensive to construct, hook up and operate 10 or 20 10 MW electrical generators than it is to build a single plant capable of producing 100 – 200 MW, if for no other reason than we have to man and supply all those individual plants.

The Dispatch republished John Schandelmeier’s anti-Susitna Dam piece Wednesday. This is the second anti-Watana screed published in the last 60 days. The Dispatch is coming down as strongly anti-development as the old McClatch fish wrapper was. You can find the article at the following link: http://www.adn.com/article/20140902/bigger-isnt-alway-better-when-it-com...

August 10, 2014

Regulatory capture has taken place right now, today when a group of extremely wealthy Americans and their tax exempt foundations end up controlling a government agency – in this case, the EPA.

Regulatory capture takes place when the government regulator / taxation agency or authority becomes part of the industry it is charged with regulating, advancing the interests of the industry rather than the interests of the citizenry at large. The regulator acts as a monopoly owner of the industry which in turn owns and controls it and its actions.

August 3, 2014

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy swerved off the reservation and committed truth during her testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Wednesday. She was defending their new Clean Power Plan rule.

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy swerved off the reservation and committed truth during her testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Wednesday. She was defending their new Clean Power Plan rule and made the following statement (courtesy Dr. Roy Spencer): http://www.drroyspencer.com/2014/07/epa-admits-to-senate-that-co2-regs-n...

July 6, 2014

State approval of a mining permit for Usibelli’s Wishbone Hills coal mining project triggered the expected reaction from anti-mining people in the Valley and elsewhere, mostly intended to get the State to reconsider its approval. I foolishly got myself involved in the blizzard of e-mails over the weekend.

State approval of a mining permit for Usibelli’s Wishbone Hills coal mining project triggered the expected reaction from anti-mining people in the Valley and elsewhere, mostly intended to get the State to reconsider its approval. I foolishly got myself involved in the blizzard of e-mails over the weekend.

July 6, 2014

State approval of a mining permit for Usibelli’s Wishbone Hills coal mining project triggered the expected reaction from anti-mining people in the Valley and elsewhere, mostly intended to get the State to reconsider its approval. I foolishly got myself involved in the blizzard of e-mails over the weekend.

State approval of a mining permit for Usibelli’s Wishbone Hills coal mining project triggered the expected reaction from anti-mining people in the Valley and elsewhere, mostly intended to get the State to reconsider its approval. I foolishly got myself involved in the blizzard of e-mails over the weekend.

June 6, 2014

I do so like it when environmentalists are hoisted upon their own petards, especially when they sit on high and make self-serving pronouncements on where and how we will get our energy expecting the company to eat all the new costs. As MEA is a regulated cooperative utility, those additional costs will be borne by its membership.

May 7, 2014

Chugach Electric Association (CEA) Board Chair Janet Reiser’s Compass piece on the Fire Island wind farm is one view of the project. There are others.

Chugach Electric Association (CEA) Board Chair Janet Reiser’s Compass piece on the Fire Island wind farm is one view of the project. There are others. http://www.adn.com/2014/05/02/3452754/compass-chugach-tries-to-balance.html

May 7, 2014

Chugach Electric Association (CEA) Board Chair Janet Reiser’s Compass piece on the Fire Island wind farm is one view of the project. There are others.

Chugach Electric Association (CEA) Board Chair Janet Reiser’s Compass piece on the Fire Island wind farm is one view of the project. There are others. http://www.adn.com/2014/05/02/3452754/compass-chugach-tries-to-balance.html

November 17, 2013

CIRI is poised to double the number of wind turbines on Fire Island.  Is this really a Good Deal for Chugach members? 

Last week CIRI announced an expansion of the Fire Island Wind Farm. There are currently 11 turbines installed and operating sometimes. CIRI is in the process of installing another 11 and plans to be done by 2015.

November 17, 2013

CIRI is poised to double the number of wind turbines on Fire Island.  Is this really a Good Deal for Chugach members? 

Last week CIRI announced an expansion of the Fire Island Wind Farm. There are currently 11 turbines installed and operating sometimes. CIRI is in the process of installing another 11 and plans to be done by 2015.

November 17, 2013

Before we expand the Fire Island Wind Farm, perhaps we ought to investigate how well it has been doing.  If we do so, the answers are not all that positive.

In the first article, I laid out some of the basics behind opposition to the Fire Island Wind Farm. This time, I will look a bit deeper into the pig in a poke the Chugach Board signed us all up for the next quarter century.

November 17, 2013

Before we expand the Fire Island Wind Farm, perhaps we ought to investigate how well it has been doing.  If we do so, the answers are not all that positive.

In the first article, I laid out some of the basics behind opposition to the Fire Island Wind Farm. This time, I will look a bit deeper into the pig in a poke the Chugach Board signed us all up for the next quarter century.

October 23, 2013

Why would the State of Alaska go after the homes of private citizens?  The answer is not so surprising.

The Pebble Partnership and Governor Parnell are being blasted by all the usual suspects on the left for going after the homes and property of Bella Hammond and Vic Fisher. On the face of it, this is truly a terrible thing to do. One would reasonably question how and why such a thing could possibly take place.

September 6, 2013

Recent comparsions of satellite photos taken over the last 30 years demonstrate better plant growth in deserts and arid parts of the world as carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere increase.  This is not a problem.  It is God's Bounty.

April 24, 2012

We have the opportunity to start breaking the IBEW stranglehold on the Chugach Board - just in time for contract renewal.

Springtime in Alaska brings the annual election for members of the Chugach Board of Directors. This election is particularly important as next year the three contracts with the IBEW are up for renewal.

April 24, 2012

We have the opportunity to start breaking the IBEW stranglehold on the Chugach Board - just in time for contract renewal.

Springtime in Alaska brings the annual election for members of the Chugach Board of Directors. This election is particularly important as next year the three contracts with the IBEW are up for renewal.

April 6, 2012

The environmental locusts are descending on yet another project.

One of the Rites of Spring I do with my youngest son every year is to spend the afternoon at the Great Alaska Sportsman’s Show. We look at all the guy toys and visit with old friends, generally having a good time.

April 6, 2012

The environmental locusts are descending on yet another project.

One of the Rites of Spring I do with my youngest son every year is to spend the afternoon at the Great Alaska Sportsman’s Show. We look at all the guy toys and visit with old friends, generally having a good time.

April 6, 2012

The environmental locusts are descending on yet another project.

One of the Rites of Spring I do with my youngest son every year is to spend the afternoon at the Great Alaska Sportsman’s Show. We look at all the guy toys and visit with old friends, generally having a good time.

March 16, 2012

I'm not reflecting on a plastic Fisher-Price toy set --- I'm talking creative signs, Gadsden flags flying high, patriotic music and bad hot dogs. Held in Wasilla, naturally.

Here's what I love about being a right-winger, at our best moments. We have solutions. 

I'm not reflecting on a plastic Fisher-Price toy set --- I'm talking creative signs, Gadsden flags flying high, patriotic music and bad hot dogs. Held in Wasilla, naturally.