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September 27, 2015

In his call for a Special Session of the legislature to discuss a natural gas pipeline project, Governor Bill Walker surprised all the players by proposing a reserves gas tax on oil and natural gas. Such a tax would slam leaseholders on the Alaska North Slope for not bringing projects online.

June 7, 2015

There are events with significant environmental impact that take place from time to time. They are all natural and generally not predictable. The more energy we spend lighting our hair on fire, running around waving our arms and whining about things with no demonstrable environmental impact, the less we will have available when something real, serious, and devastating happens.

January 28, 2015

With his action over the weekend on ANWR, President Obama announced that he has morphed from lame duck into troll, with Alaska as his first target. My experience with trolls is that he wants the appropriate thundering response from Alaskans and its elected leadership, while he moves on to the next target.

The Wiki defines an Internet Troll as:

December 24, 2014

There is a 200 mile proposed road in Alaska starting near Fairbanks and stretching west and north to give access to a mining district in the region. It is called the Ambler Road and is in the midst of route selection. There are few roads in that part of the state.

There is a 200 mile proposed road in Alaska starting near Fairbanks and stretching west and north to give access to a mining district in the region. It is called the Ambler Road and is in the midst of route selection. There are few roads in that part of the state. http://www.ambleraccess.org/projects/ambler/index.html

December 19, 2014

One of the refrains we hear from the Walker-ites and on the talk shows these days is that the fiscal crunch puts “everything on the table.” I would submit that everything is most certainly not on the table, as decisions by the new Walker administration will be driven by their worldview and prejudices just like those before they came into town.

With the crash in the per barrel price of oil to the $60/bbl range, we here in Alaska are faced with the latest round of fiscal crises. That level is about half the per barrel forecast that former Governor Parnell’s budget was based upon.

December 6, 2014

Sue Asplund of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association fired the next round of anti-development cage rattling on the editorial pages of the Dispatch Thursday, this one calling for cancelling oil and gas leases in Bristol Bay for all time. The excuse once again is any development will instantly and irrevocably destroy the fishery for all time.

December 2, 2014

When we elect a lawyer as governor and they bring their fellow lawyers into the new government, one would logically question whose interests are being pursued? Those of the people of Alaska or those of the law firms employing those lawyers? This is the very essence of crony capitalism.

 

 

 

 

When we elect a lawyer as governor and they bring their fellow lawyers into the new government, one would logically question whose interests are being pursued? Those of the people of Alaska or those of the law firms employing those lawyers? This is the very essence of crony capitalism.

November 3, 2014

Unlike bureaucracy the capital formation process necessary to both private and public endeavor is similar to walking a tightrope with no net. There is only ruin if the endeavor is not successful.

Unlike bureaucracy the capital formation process necessary to both private and public endeavor is similar to walking a tightrope with no net. There is only ruin if the endeavor is not successful.

March 30, 2014

The latest series of pro-Begich ads both paid for by his campaign and supportive PACs are blasting away at the Koch Brothers for closing the Flint Hills Refinery (topping plant). In the rough and tumble world of politics, I suppose this is reasonable, but you sure would think that Begich would hitch his wagon to a better topic.

The latest series of pro-Begich ads both paid for by his campaign and supportive PACs are blasting away at the Koch Brothers for closing the Flint Hills Refinery (topping plant). In the rough and tumble world of politics, I suppose this is reasonable, but you sure would think that Begich would hitch his wagon to a better topic.

September 22, 2013

The anti-Pebble campaign claims another victim.  15,000 Alaskan jobs go down the drain.  But at least we saved commercial fishermen living in Seattle.

April 3, 2013

Last November’s election was a watershed for Alaska. Not only do we have the opportunity to overturn the stunning mistake made during the Palin years of gouging North Slope oil producers with a dangerously high tax rate, but we have a conservative majority in the legislature that is willing to address other festering issues. One of those issues is education.

Last November’s election was a watershed for Alaska. Not only do we have the opportunity to overturn the stunning mistake made during the Palin years of gouging North Slope oil producers with a dangerously high tax rate, but we have a conservative majority in the legislature that is willing to address other festering issues.

February 26, 2013

Clean water and clean air standards have long been a large caliber club used by greens to beat businesses, state and local governments about the head and shoulders. They offer the perfect opportunity to demagogue anything that is released into the watershed or the atmosphere, for who could possibly be against clean air or clean water.

Clean water and clean air standards have long been a large caliber club used by greens to beat businesses, state and local governments about the head and shoulders. They offer the perfect opportunity to demagogue anything that is released into the watershed or the atmosphere, for who could possibly be against clean air or clean water.

February 7, 2013

Among a littany of other studies, the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation releases an annual economic forecast. Their 2013 report, available now, is a great synopsis of Anchorage-specific data on growth within industries, population totals, and unemployment rates.

June 18, 2012

Alaska faces a comparable and equally dire fiscal crisis to that which has developed at the federal level. Due to current excessive state government spending, future Alaskans are facing a lower standard of living than present day Alaskans. As a consequence, Alaska needs its own state level statute restricting excessive spending and may benefit from a pledge to support it.

February 14, 2012

When I told the folks at the Northern Right I was heading to D.C. for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), they said I would be welcome to submit a piece reflecting on the conference.

 

However, while I was in D.C. as strange thing happened. I ran in to a few of our state representatives. 

When I told the folks at the Northern Right I was heading to D.C. for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), they said I would be welcome to submit a piece reflecting on the conference.

February 13, 2012

Time to consider something other than simply dumping excess money into the Permanent Fund  or redistributing it to state retirees.  Use it as a vehicle to help a commercial solution to long term energy needs statewide.

One of the questions falling out of this legislative session is what to do with billions of dollars of excess taxation paid by the North Slope producers. Any normal person would note that perhaps taxes are way too high and it is time to lower them so that we can increase production of oil and other products to fill the Trans Alaskan Pipeline System (TAPS).

January 27, 2012

With the Presidential election nearing full swing and it won’t be long until the American people are faced with a stark choice -- do they vote for an incumbent President who consistently stands in the way of developing American made energy or do we head in a new direction with a Republican candidate who is committed to developing America’s enormous resource base?

January 24, 2012

For years Alaskans wondered why films and shows about Alaska were filmed outside Alaska. The reason was a simple one, it was just cheaper to film elsewhere. Until now…

January 9, 2012

Every ten years, political junkies get a big before Christmas present. The redistricting board gives the legislature new district boundaries and generally nearly every single legislator must run in the next election in their new district. This year 59 of 60 will be facing election to retain their titles.

Every ten years, political junkies get a big before Christmas present. The redistricting board gives the legislature new district boundaries and generally nearly every single legislator must run in the next election in their new district. This year 59 of 60 will be facing election to retain their titles.

January 3, 2012

2012 will mark the biggest frenzy of bum covering this state has not seen since a former failed governor wanted an enemies list revision. For those of you, who have somehow found this site, and do not know what 2012 means in election terms, all state and house seats are up for grabs in the fall election, save one (Senator Egan is buying drinks).

January 2, 2012

Meet Alaska 2012

Date: Friday, January 6
Time: Starting at 8:30am
City: Anchorage, Alaska
Location: Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center

Summary:
Alaska's Premier Conference and Tradeshow for the oil, gas and mining support industry.

November 30, 2011

Many are wringing their hands in anguish over recent events surrounding the proposed Alaska Gas Line. Was the open season successful? Will the increase in lower 48 shale gas delay or doom any chances of an Alaska Gas Line being built?

November 30, 2011

Many are wringing their hands in anguish over recent events surrounding the proposed Alaska Gas Line. Was the open season successful? Will the increase in lower 48 shale gas delay or doom any chances of an Alaska Gas Line being built?