We Wonder If Today's EPA Announcement Pleases Our Energy Readers: layer this on top of the WOTUS, Ocean Policy, ESA, CAA, CWA and War on Coal MATRIX! Like the industrious Lilliputians did with Gulliver, is EPA -- under White House direction -- strapping the great American economy to the ground, immobilizing it, pretext to total control of the people and their free enterprises? Frankly, the EPA's authoritarian use of rulemaking -- to us -- more resembles a well coordinated attack strategy than simple incompetence. -dh (Ref. 2012 E.O.)
RELEASED TODAY: BP's Statistical Review shows 2014 was a year of ‘tectonic’ shifts
in global energy production and consumption
Yesterday, we linked readers to BP In Alaska, the company's biannual listing the latest facts and figures around BP's ALASKA field data, hiring, community investment, special projects, and more.
Related to headline above TODAY:
1) Bloomberg: Court throws out challenges to EPA power plant rule.... "We are not surprised with the ruling in any way, given that EPA has not finalized the rule. We do, however, think that it is important to note that this is merely a procedural ruling and that lawsuits over the rule will be filed as soon as the agency completes its work and finalizes the rule," said Mike Butler, Mid-Atlantic executive director for the Consumer Energy Alliance, which opposes the rules.
2) Comment: The Out of Control, Anti-U.S., Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to find under the Clean Air Act that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from commercial aircraft contribute to the pollution that causes climate change, endangering.... More
3) WSJ re: EPA. The Obama administration is planning a series of actions this summer to rein in greenhouse-gas emissions from wide swaths of the economy, including trucks, airplanes and power plants, kicking into high gear an ambitious climate agenda that the president sees as key to his legacy. More.
Kasich A Disaster For Energy?
Could Republican Governor John Kasich, like former Alaska Republican Governor Sarah Palin, be a disaster for the job and wealth producing oil & gas & support industries if elected to high national office?
Ohio's Governor John Kasich, a likely presidential contender, seems to have joined ranks of the wealth redistribution crowd in unreasonably attacking his home state's wealth and job producing oil industry.
Primarily democrats (including socialist, environmental and other social activists) have long sought to increase already high and discriminatory taxes and/or royalties on the oil industry in Alaska and Canada.
But populist, anti-oil industry policy, as we see in this case, is not reserved for activists of only one party.
We have commented on the danger of politicizing energy policy, including taxation, many times over the years, including this most recent editorial.
Energy analysts released a report on Kasich's tax proposal a few weeks ago, available here.
The study was prepared by Bernard L. Weinstein, Ph.D. Nicholas Saliba, B.A., B.S., BBA and Sam Lee of the Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business Southern Methodist University Dallas, Texas and sponsored by the Ohio Oil and Gas Association.
Our astute NGP readers throughout Alaska, the Lower 48 and Canada will recognize Kasich's tactics and the arguments against launching unreasonable, discriminatory volleys of tax assaults on the wealth and job producing sector which could otherwise be a jurisdiction's best economic friend.
Alaskans and Albertans in particular will find a number of familiar themes. Their experiences, as we have documented over the years, underline the validity of the majority of the study's observations:
- Because of the 50 percent drop in oil prices since last summer, and historically low natural gas prices, the industry is currently in recession and retrenching
- Hiking Ohio’s severance tax rates will have profound effects on profitability
- The severance tax will not be a sizeable or dependable revenue source for Ohio’s general fund (i.e. unlike Alaska, whose production occurs mostly on state land and whose economy has become over 1/3 dependent on one of the highest taxing (i.e. and highest per capita spending) jurisdictions in the free world.
- The proposed hikes in Ohio’s oil and gas severance taxes are discriminatory
- Higher tax burdens on Ohio’s oil and gas producers may retard future investment in the state
Conclusion: Kasich (Stock photo) appears to be approaching higher office with a very similar, anti-oil & gas attitude to the one we saw reflected in Governor Sarah Palin's (NGP Photo) populist administration.
A populist approach to national energy policy could inhibit energy wealth and job production; stifle the manufacturing, transportation and service industries; exacerbate deficit spending and balance of payment deficits; and, weaken national defense capability.
|Red State by Eric Erickson. ...John Kasich does not want to be president.... ...one does not run for President in the Republican Party by hiring consultants who hate the Republican base to run the campaign of a Republican who says ....|
Both proclaim themselves to be advocates of free enterprise. In many ways, both seem to be well-intended and defenders of the national interest.
However, both have sought to support their government spending priorities by unreasonably, if not unintelligently, attacking the ability of energy investors to increase their investments in a hostile political environment.
In short, Kasich, as represented herein, seems afflicted with an dearth of diplomatic skill, an amateurish communication style and ignorance of the concept of tax hikes in a low oil price environment. Such attributes in a national leader would likely be bad news for oil and gas producers everywhere -- not to mention the negative effect on consumers whose jobs and energy prices would likely be prioritized below populist, government spending programs.
(Note: We invite representatives from Governor Kasich's administration or his presidential advisory team to provide a response to this commentary. Should we have misrepresented any facts, we will make appropriate and timely changes to assure the accuracy of our searchable archives. We would, obviously, provide the same invitation to Governor Palin, particularly if she is planning to seek national, public office. -dh)
Dave Harbour, publisher of Northern Gas Pipelines, is a former Chairman of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and a Commissioner Emeritus of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). He served as NARUC's official representative to the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC). Harbour is past Chairman of the Alaska Council on Economic Education, former Chairman of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and past President of the American Bald Eagle Foundation and the Alaska Press Club. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Alaska Oil & Gas Congress.
Opinions or viewpoints expressed in this webpage or in our email alerts are solely those of the publisher and in no way reflect the opinion(s) of any affiliated company, person, employer or other organization.
From a Mid-Atlantic energy consultant friend of ours:
Ohio continues to pursue an onerous approach to an oil and gas severance tax, driven by Governor John Kasich. This has been an ongoing effort by Kasich since shortly after he was first elected governor over four years ago.
The Ohio Oil and Gas Association has endeavored during that time to work with the legislature to adopt a reasonable approach to a severance tax that came close to the model ostensibly sought by the Governor. During that time neither the Governor nor his staff has made any effort to even meet with representatives of the industry, much less work out a fair approach to a severance tax. In the end, Kasich would not even allow the Ohio Senate to vote on the House proposal.
This year the Governor more than doubled his tax proposal, even in the face of horrible pricing for oil, gas, and liquids. It makes for terrible tax policy.
Today...from your out-of-control, anti-US EPA, add a new layer to the 'enslave free enterprise and prepare for authoritarian control MATRIX':
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to find under the Clean Air Act that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from commercial aircraft contribute to the pollution that causes climate change, endangering the health and welfare of Americans.
At the same time, the agency is releasing information about the international process already underway by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for developing carbon dioxide (CO2) standards for aircraft and EPA’s participation in that process. EPA is now seeking public input to inform future steps by the agency.
For the past five years, ICAO — a specialized body of the United Nations with 191 member states — has been working with the aviation industry and other stakeholders to develop coordinated, international CO2 emissions standards for aircraft. EPA and the Federal Aviation Administration, representing the United States, are participating in ICAO’s process to ensure that any standards achieve meaningful CO2 emissions reductions through policies that are equitable across national boundaries.
The ICAO standards are expected to be adopted in early 2016. The items issued today by EPA lay the necessary foundation for the development and implementation of a domestic aircraft standard, in accordance with U.S. law and the ICAO process.
U.S. aircraft emit roughly 11 percent of GHG emissions from the U.S. transportation sector and 29 percent of GHG emissions from all aircraft globally. In 2009, EPA determined that GHG pollution from cars and light trucks threatens Americans' health and welfare by leading to long-lasting changes in our climate that can have a range of negative effects. Since then, the body of science on human-induced climate change has strengthened, supporting today’s proposed finding — under a different section of the Clean Air Act — that GHGs emitted from aircraft engines contribute to pollution that causes climate change endangering public health and welfare. Today’s action supports the goals of the President’s Climate Action Plan to reduce emissions from large sources of carbon pollution.
Today’s actions do not apply to small piston-engine planes (the type of plane often used for recreational purposes), or to military aircraft.
Once this action is published in the Federal Register, it will be open for a 60-day public comment period. Any future domestic actions toward aircraft engine standards would also be open to public comment and review before they could take effect.
For more information on the proposed contribution finding and the advance notice of proposed rulemaking, visit http://epa.gov/otaq/aviation.
BP Statistical Review shows 2014 was a year of ‘tectonic’ shifts
in global energy production and consumption
The 2015 edition of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, launched today, highlights how significant changes in global energy production and consumption have had profound implications for prices, for the global fuel mix, and for global carbon dioxide emissions.
The 64th annual edition of the Statistical Review highlights the continuing importance of the US shale revolution, with the US overtaking Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest oil producer and surpassing Russia as the world’s largest producer of oil and gas.
On the consumption side, the Statistical Review records primary energy consumption slowing markedly, with growth of just 0.9% in 2014, a lower rate than at any time since the late 1990s (other than in the immediate aftermath of last decade’s financial crisis). Chinese growth in consumption slowed to its lowest level since 1998 as its economy rebalances away from energy intensive sectors, though China remained the world’s largest growth market for energy.
Speaking at today’s launch, BP Group Chief Executive Bob Dudley said: “The eerie calm that had characterized energy markets in the few years prior to 2014 came to an abrupt end last year. However, we should not be surprised or alarmed. These events may well come to be viewed as symptomatic of a broader shifting of the tectonic plates that make up the energy landscape, with significant developments in both the supply of energy and its demand. Our task as an industry is to meet today’s challenges while continuing to invest to meet tomorrow’s demand, safely and sustainably.”
The shifts in production and consumption had major effects on energy prices as well as the fuel mix. For oil, prices have fallen sharply, largely driven by the strength of supply as non-OPEC production grew by a record amount while OPEC maintained its output levels to maintain market share. Elsewhere, the growth of China’s coal consumption stalled and global natural gas growth was also weak, held back by a mild European winter triggering a sharp fall in consumption.
Renewables were the fastest growing form of energy, accounting for one third of the increase in overall primary energy use during a year in which global primary energy consumption growth slowed. Even so, they accounted for only 3% of primary energy.
Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from energy use grew by just 0.5%, the weakest since 1998 (other than in the immediate aftermath of last decade’s financial crisis). The slower growth relative to its average over the past 10 years or so was largely attributable to the changing pace and pattern of Chinese economic growth.
Review highlights – energy developments
Growth of global primary energy consumption decelerated markedly in 2014, even though global economic growth was similar to 2013. Energy consumption increased by just 0.9% in 2014, a sharp deceleration over 2013 (+2.0%) and well below the 10-year average of 2.1%.
· Consumption increased for all fuels, reaching record levels for every fuel type except nuclear power. Production increased for all fuels except coal.
· Emerging economies continued to dominate the growth in global energy consumption, as they have on average over the past decade, but growth in these countries (+2.4%) was well below its 10-year average of 4.2%.
· Chinese consumption growth (+2.6%) was the slowest since 1998, yet China still recorded the world’s largest increment in primary energy consumption for the fourteenth consecutive year. OECD consumption experienced a larger than average decline (-0.9%), with weakness in the EU and Japan offsetting above-average growth in the US. The fall in EU energy consumption was the second-largest percentage decline on record (exceeded only in the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2009). Energy consumption in the EU fell to its lowest level since 1985.
· Growth was significantly below the 10-year average for Asia Pacific, Europe & Eurasia, and South & Central America.
· Oil remained the world’s leading fuel, with 32.6% of global energy consumption, but lost market share for the fifteenth consecutive year.
· Energy price developments in 2014 were generally weak, with oil and coal prices falling globally. Gas prices fell in Europe, were relatively flat in Asia, and rose in North America.
· Dated Brent averaged $98.95 per barrel in 2014, a decline of $9.71 per barrel from the 2013 level and the first annual average below $100 since 2010.
· Crude oil prices remained firm in early 2014 in the face of continued large supply disruptions, but fell sharply later in the year.
· The average WTI – Brent differential narrowed to $5.66 per barrel (from $10.67 in 2013) despite continued robust US production growth, but remained elevated relative to past levels.
Consumption and production
· Global oil consumption grew by 0.8 million barrels per day (bpd), or 0.8% – a little below its recent historical average and significantly weaker than the increase of 1.4 million bpd seen in 2013.
· Countries outside the OECD accounted for all of the net growth in global consumption. Chinese consumption growth was below average but still recorded the largest increment to global oil consumption (390,000 bpd).
· OECD consumption declined by 1.2%, the eighth decrease in the past nine years. Light distillates (motor and aviation gasoline, light distillate feedstock) were the fastest-growing refined product category for a second consecutive year.
· Global oil production growth was more than double that of global consumption, rising by 2.1 million bpd or 2.3%.
· Production outside OPEC grew by 2.1 million bpd, the largest increase in our dataset. The US (+1.6 million bpd) recorded the largest growth in the world, becoming the first country ever to increase production by at least 1 million bpd for three consecutive years, and taking over from Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer. Along with the US, production in Canada (+310,000 bpd) and Brazil (+230,000 bpd) also reached record levels in 2014.
· OPEC output was flat, and the group’s share of global production fell to 41%, its lowest since 2003.
Refining and trade
· Global crude runs rose by 1.1 million bpd (1.4%) in 2014 – the highest growth since 2010 and more than double the 10-year average. Refinery runs in the US rose by 530,000 bpd, the largest increase since 1986.
· Global refining capacity expanded by an above average 1.3 million bpd, led by additions in China and the Middle East, with Middle Eastern capacity expanding by a record 740,000 bpd.
· Global refinery utilization remained at 79.6%, its lowest rate since 1987.
· Global trade of crude oil and refined products in 2014 grew by a below average 0.9%, or 490,000 bpd.
· Import growth was driven by China and other emerging economies, while US net imports declined. China replaced the US as the world’s largest net oil importer in 2013.
Consumption and production
· World natural gas consumption grew by just 0.4%, well below the 10-year average of 2.4%. Growth was below average in both the OECD and emerging economies, with consumption in the EU (-11.6%) experiencing its largest volumetric and percentage declines on record. The Europe & Eurasia region (-4.8%) had the five largest volumetric declines in the world in Germany, Italy, Ukraine, France and the UK. Globally, natural gas accounted for 23.7% of primary energy consumption.
· Global natural gas production grew by 1.6%, below its 10-year average of 2.5%. Growth was below average in all regions except North America. The US (+6.1%) recorded the world’s largest increase, accounting for 77% of net global growth. The largest volumetric declines were seen in Russia (-4.3%) and the Netherlands (-18.7%).
· Global natural gas trade registered a rare contraction in 2014, falling by 3.4%.
· Pipeline shipments declined by 6.2%, the largest decline on record, driven by falls in net pipeline exports from Russia (-11.8%) and the Netherlands (-29.9%). Global LNG trade increased by 2.4%. International natural gas trade accounted for 29.4% of global consumption; LNG’s share of global gas trade rose to 33.4%.
· Global coal consumption grew by 0.4% in 2014, well below the 10-year average annual growth of 2.9%. Coal’s share of global primary energy consumption fell to 30.0%.
· Consumption outside the OECD grew by 1.1%, the weakest growth since 1998, driven by a flattening of Chinese consumption (+0.1%). India (+11.1%) experienced its largest volumetric increase on record, and the world’s largest volumetric increase. Global coal production fell by 0.7%, with large declines in China (-2.6%, the world’s largest volumetric decline) and Ukraine (-29.0%) more than offsetting large increases in India (+6.4%) and Australia (+4.7%).
Nuclear and hydroelectric
· Global nuclear output grew by an above-average 1.8%, the second consecutive annual increase, and the first time nuclear power has gained global market share since 2009.
· Increases in nuclear output in South Korea, China and France outpaced declines in Japan, Belgium and the UK.
· Global hydroelectric output grew by a below average 2.0%. Hydroelectric output accounted for a record 6.8% of global primary energy consumption.
· Chinese hydroelectric output growth (+15.7%) accounted for all of the increase in global output.
Renewables (including wind, solar, and biofuels)
· Renewable energy sources – in power generation as well as transport – continued to increase in 2014, reaching a record 3.0% of global energy consumption, up from 0.9% a decade ago.
· Renewable energy used in power generation grew by 12.0%, and renewables accounted for a record 6.0% of global power generation.
· China recorded the largest increment in renewables in power generation for a fifth consecutive year; growth last year (+15.1%) was one-third the 10-year average.
· Globally, wind energy (+10.2%, +65 tera watt-hours) grew by less than half of its 10-year average.
· Solar power generation grew by 38.2% (+51 tera watt-hours).
· Global biofuels production grew by a below average 7.4% (+144,000 bpd).
The BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2015 is available online at:
The website contains all the tables and charts found in the latest printed edition, plus a number of extras, including:
— Historical data from 1965 for many sections.
— Additional data for natural gas, coal, hydroelectricity, nuclear energy, electricity and renewables.
— An oil, natural gas and LNG conversion calculator.
— PDF versions and PowerPoint slide packs of the charts, maps and graphs, plus an Excel workbook of the data.
— Regional fact sheets.
— Videos and speeches.
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released EJSCREEN, an environmental justice screening and mapping tool that uses high resolution maps combined with demographic and environmental data to identify places with potentially elevated environmental burdens and vulnerable populations. EJSCREEN’s simple to understand color-coded maps, bar charts, and reports enable users to better understand areas in need of increased environmental protection, health care access, housing, infrastructure improvement, community revitalization, and climate resilience.
“EJSCREEN provides essential information to anyone seeking greater visibility and awareness about the impacts of pollution in American communities,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “EJSCREEN has been a valuable resource for EPA to advance our commitment to protect Americans most vulnerable to pollution. I’m excited to share this tool with the public to broaden its impact, build transparency, and foster collaboration with partners working to achieve environmental justice.
“State environmental agencies appreciate EPA’s collaborative work on the use and release of this important tool,” said Dick Pedersen, Director of Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality and past President of the Environmental Council of States. “Citizens having access to environmental and demographic data is extremely important in helping states implement environmental programs and ensure public health and environmental protection for all. To that end, EJSCREEN facilitates vital citizen engagement.”
EJSCREEN can help governments, academic institutions, local communities, and other stakeholders to highlight communities with greater risk of exposure to pollution based on 8 pollution and environmental indicators, including traffic proximity, particulate matter, and proximity to Superfund sites. These indicators are combined with demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community 5-year Summary Survey enabling users to identify areas with minority or low-income populations who also face potential pollution issues.
EJSCREEN’s capabilities could provide support for educational programs, grant writing, and community awareness efforts so that users can participate meaningfully in decision-making processes that impact their health and environment. While EJSCREEN is being shared publicly to improve work on environmental justice, EPA is not mandating state governments or other entities use the tool or its underlying data.
EJSCREEN does not direct EPA decisions; it does not provide a basis for identifying areas as EJ communities, and it is not an appropriate standalone tool for making a risk assessment. As a screening tool, its data may have levels of uncertainty, and is therefore incomplete in capturing the total number of pollution problems people face.
Today’s release of EJSCREEN initiates a stakeholder engagement period over the next six months. EPA will collect feedback on the datasets and design of the tool – as well as how it could be further enhanced – and will release a revised version in 2016.
Environmental justice is defined as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. EPA’s goal is to provide all people with equal access to the environmental decision-making process to maintain a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.
To access the tool, visit: http://www2.epa.gov/ejscreen.
Commentary: Today, Governor Rick Perry (NGP Photo) announced his candidacy for president. His message embraced a reversal of most Obama-era policies--especially those involving energy. He said, "There is nothing wrong in America today that a change in leadership will not (correct)." (Full Video Below)
We hope that is so; if it is to be so, it will take the sort of passion, commitment, experience and determination reflected in his remarks today.
Yesterday a dear friend on Facebook posted an editorial about 'unaffordable housing costs and stagnant wages'. It sounded to me like the article was a pretext to more massive wealth transfer from the producers to the beneficiaries of our welfare society. We too lament the predicament of many but went on to offer this analysis (edited), with which my FB friend agreed:
Government increases costs of regulation for 20 million small (not to mention large) businesses causing an export of jobs and wealth, then taxes at an excessive rate, then borrows $18 trillion from our children, and then says to all businesses: "now we will force you to pay more per hour for your employees whether their skill, education or the value of the job itself merits more compensation or not."
American citizens are no longer masters of their government, but indentured to it. The generations since WWII have -- intentionally or not -- given away a large portion of the freedom inherited from our ancestors that led to the most successful, free country in history.
High housing costs and "stagnant" wages are not the cause of our economic malaise, but a symptom of it.
An answer to today's morass of economic malaise is not to increase the army of bureaucrats; it is to cut taxes , trim regulations and undertake massive tort reform to reduce everyone's hidden costs and create more private sector jobs.
The answer is not more government subsidized programs today, financed by our kids tomorrow. The answer is not more minimum wage projects that kill small business growth (LAX, SEA).
The answer is us: self reliant citizens who would rather do without than subject our children to a crushing, impossible debt burden acquired by selfish generations of parents.
We add this little information box because we believe it is relevant to Governor Perry's comments today. -dh
This is not an endorsement of this particular candidate for we have also been inspired by the announcements of other candidates. And we have also been impressed with the commitment of some other candidates who rely on a rededication of America to the 'rule of God', which we believe to be indispensable to the survival and prosperity of the American experiment.
But we heard nothing today that would discourage our eventual support.
He said that, "Energy is vital to our economy." Among the more specific energy statements he made were the promises that on the first day in office he would freeze any Obama administration pending regulations; approve the Keystone pipeline; and, authorize the export of natural gas to European allies to free them from dependence on Russian supply.
From a national defense perspective he sent a message to Russia's Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, "If energy is to be used as a weapon, America will have the largest arsenal."
"During my 14 years as governor," Perry said, "Texas companies created almost 1/3 of all new American jobs. In the last 7 years of my tenure Texas created 1.5 million new jobs. Without Texas America would have lost 400,000 jobs."
We note that those are impressive facts and accomplishments, not merely promises.
He added that during his governorship, Texas was an engine of growth because under his watch, the state 1) controlled taxes, 2) focused on reasonable regulations, 3) invested in an educated work force, and 4) stopped frivolous lawsuits (See our related comments, left column).
He said that Texas enjoys the country's second highest high school graduation rate, the highest graduation rate for black and Hispanic students.
Texas led nation in exports, he said, provided historic tax relief and balanced its budget for 14 years (though, in fairness, one notes that while the federal government can avoid balancing the budget by printing money, states cannot print their own currency and must balance their budgets).
In these pages we have lamented the current administration's departure from the rule of law. Perry emphasized the value of maintaining law and order. He recalled that when President Obama refused to control the border, he activated the Texas National Guard. The policy worked. He added, "If you elect me your president I will secure that border. Homeland security begins with border security".
In order for America's energy industry to thrive, the country must be protected. Perry pledged to do that. He said that the most basic compact between the President and the citizens is to keep the country safe. He said that a great lesson of history is that strength brings peace and order while "weakness and vacillation" invite chaos and conflict.
|Dave Harbour, publisher of Northern Gas Pipelines, is a former Chairman of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, a Commissioner Emeritus of NARUC, and NARUC's Official Representative to IOGCC. He is also past Chair of the Alaska Council on Economic Education, former Chair of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and past President of the American Bald Eagle Foundation. A former Army officer, Harbour has directed external affairs operations of major oil and gas companies, served as a university vice president and been CEO of several small businesses. Harbour is also Chairman Emeritus of the Alaska Oil & Gas Congress and past President of the Alaska Press Club.|
Point of Personal Privilege: Scroll Down For An Update On, "Alaska's Diplomat", Our Friend, Chuck Becker
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (NGP Photo), Friday issued the following statement in response to a letter that 18 Senate Democrats sent to Interior Secretary Jewell, calling on the Obama administration to stop energy production in the Arctic. This comes after the administration approved plans for Shell to drill in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea this summer.
“Today’s attempt to block energy production in Alaska ignores the facts. For more than 30 years, Alaska has demonstrated its safe record of responsible oil and natural gas development in the Arctic. Even the Obama administration agrees this project can move along safely,” Murkowski said. “Right now, the United States can either choose to responsibly develop its resources under its superior standards or let countries like Russia lead the way. We can either choose to produce our own resources or return to the costly days of buying them from abroad. When it comes to realizing the benefits of energy production, I’ll always put Alaska and our nation first.”
The Democrats’ letter opposes increased energy production in the Arctic and is in contrast to the Obama administration, which approved Shell’s plans to drill in the Arctic this summer. This week, U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Abigail Ross Hopper told Platts that new Arctic energy development could be carried out safely.
Hopper echoed President Obama’s recent comments that Alaska energy production is good for our nation. He said, “I would rather us – with all the safeguards and standards that we have – be producing our oil and gas, rather than importing it, which is bad for our people, but is also potentially purchased from places that have much lower environmental standards than we do.”
Alaska has a long history of safe and responsible oil and natural gas production in the Arctic. Some 35 wells have been drilled in Alaska’s Arctic waters since the 1980s. The Northstar field in the Beaufort Sea has produced 150 million barrels of oil since 2001.
Studies show that increased leasing and development in Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas and in Cook Inlet could, by 2035, create nearly 840,000 jobs and raise more than $200 billion in revenue for the government.
Here is more information about this week's Celebration of Chuck's life, included in an obituary prepared by Chuck's loving wife, Micky and family.
We also include for Chuck's many friends among our readers, a video that the family has distributed.
On this memorial day, we shall long remember those who have fallen in defense of our Nation and Chuck, who served the nation with distinction in so many ways.
Many friends of
"Alaska's Diplomat", Chuck Becker, have commented on the important life he led, including his energy industry understanding. (Note: we will remove or edit any comments at the request of commenters. -dh)
Canada's Fraser Institute analyzes how US loss of freedom affects economic recovery...and wonders how Alberta's new government will affect energy industry vitality.
May 21, 2015 7:24 p.m. ET
Government agencies have a certain descending order of excuses.... (Subscribe and read full WSJ article here.)
The EPA has a problem: its pre-emptive veto of the Pebble Mine, a proposed project in southwest Alaska. The law says that Pebble gets to apply for permits, and the Army Corps of Engineers gets to give thumbs up or down. The EPA, a law unto itself, instead last year blocked the proposal before applications were even filed. The agency claims .... (More....)
This column reported a week ago on EPA documents that tell a very different story. They reveal the existence of an internal EPA “options paper” that make clear the agency opposed the mine on ideological grounds and had already decided to veto it in the spring of 2010—well before it did any “science.” Emails showed an EPA biologist, Phil North..., (More....)
None of this looks good, and in a nearby letter EPA Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran is already bringing up semantics. According to the EPA—and other environmental groups now picking up the same line—the agency didn’t “veto” the project, but ....
In a conversation with me last week, Mr. McLerran also turned to the “underlings did it” excuse. Asked about the options paper .... It is a preliminary document, done by lower level staff.”
On June 7, 2010, Michael Szerlog, manager in the EPA region’s aquatics resources unit.... The message mentions Mr. McLerran.... (More....)
On June 15, Kendra Tyler, special assistant in Mr. McLerran’s office, wrote to EPA staff: “I know that Dennis would like a briefing on the options paper soon . . .” On June 30, Mr. North emailed colleagues to explain that: “The only time the RA [Regional Administrator] is available to discuss the options paper before he visits Bristol Bay is Thursday . . . ” Later that day, Matthew Magorrian, also in the regional office, told a big group of EPA employees that “DM already has draft of options paper.”
...the list of EPA employees who make up the core group discussing the options paper are not a bunch of low-level chemists and permit writers. ...Mike Bussell, then the director of the EPA’s Office of Water and Watersheds in Seattle; David Allnutt, then acting regional counsel; Linda Anderson-Carnahan, then acting associate director of environmental cleanup; Tami Fordham, then policy adviser. Mr. McLerran says no “key decision makers” saw the options paper. ... (More....)
Several of those included in these email chains would go on to take active roles in performing the EPA’s “watershed assessment” of the mine project. Ms. Fordham is listed as a contributor, as is an EPA officer named Richard Parkin. ... Mr. McLerran says “key decision makers” decided to perform three years of “science” on Pebble. But it turns out those doing the science were those who had already decided to block the mine.
The EPA offered this statement on Thursday: “It is a normal part of EPA’s deliberative decision making....” (More....)
The EPA is worried because it is getting blowback that goes beyond public disapproval of its abuse of power. In November a court ordered .... The agency is right to be worried; its Pebble veto is a scandal. (More....)
Fraser Institute lends understanding to Canadian and US economies and energy industries. Here are recent reports:
- Video: Video - What America’s Decline in Economic Freedom Means for Entrepreneurship and Prosperity. America’s decline in economic freedom is eroding entrepreneurship.
- Which path will Alberta's NDP government take? (Calgary Herald, May 8) by Charles Lammam and Jason Clemens
- The provinces are lousy at controlling spending (Calgary Herald, May 16) by Mark Milke (So are the U.S. and Alaska. -dh)
Here is how we memorialized the passing yesterday morning of our great friend, Chuck Becker. Because of his work ethic, kindness, patience, diligence and patriotic labor in support of Alaska and the nation, we discovered the breadth and depth of the public comments made on various web pages. We are delighted to assemble these for the convenience of friends and family so that they might live on in our Northern Gas Pipeline archives:
- Facebook page, Dave Harbour:
Mary Pignalberi During many years at SOA, Chuck was my "cubicle neighbor"while he worked for the US Dept. of Commerce. His smile and "I'm from the well-dressed culture and elite demeanor" will always resonate with me. Thank you for providing a special place of putting him at rest. Mary Pignalberi
- Facebook page, Chuck and Micky Becker:
1 hr ·I was truly saddened to hear about Chuck's passing. When I think of Chuck, probably the first words that comes to mind is "gentleman", his sense of humor, but not at the expense of others and his care and concern for Alaska. Chuck will long be remembered in the most positive ways. My thoughts and best wishes to you.
"Every man dies - Not every man really lives."
Chuck really lived - he was such a good man, a kind man, a generous community man with a big heart.
My condolences, Micky, to you and your family!
- Facebook pages, other:
- Other comments:
- Emails to Dave Harbour
- Dave –
Back in the early ‘00’s (and maybe before that), Chuck was hosting groups of VIPs who would travel to Alaska in the context of trade and economic studies. Twice or three times Chuck sought to bring such groups to Valdez to see the Marine Terminal. Two of the groups I remember were professionals from the Departments of State, Commerce and Energy, whose portfolios included energy trade and global energy production issues. One was a group of foreign service professionals and desk officers with Russian assignments. As you might expect, the groups themselves were comprised of invariably fascinating people in their own right. The Valdez component of their Alaska sojourn would usually fall later during the week. By that time the group would have cohered into a convivial set of traveling companions – but what I saw as indispensable to that (being a bit of a student of organizational behavior) was Chuck’s own spirit of hospitality, his attention to detail that enabled these trips to take place seamlessly, his own intellectual curiosity, coupled with his knowledge and love of Alaska. At Alyeska, we basked in his credibility with his guests – and, since the trips were usually in June or so, the fabulous weather that Chuck always seemed to arrange made ‘basking’ pretty easy! I remember a number of enjoyable conversations with Chuck and his interesting guests standing at the rail of an escort tug, as we watched SERVS and Terminal operations at work, and the majesty of Port Valdez all around us. I’d known Mickey as the very busy and incredibly competent executive secretary at ARCO for Skip Bilhartz and Ken Thompson (and Kevin Myers). We did not know them socially, but it was apparent that they were quite a team.
Thank you for the reminder of some favorite moments in my career, and of a man who added a note of grace wherever he went. Requiescat in pace, Chuck. I’ll look forward to leaning on the rail with you again sometime, watching beauty go by.
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- Dave –
- Emails to Dave Harbour
Our Instinct: Conservatives Must Seize Opportunity To Save Alaska's Economy
|We admire Senator Lisa Murkowski's vigilance on Arctic exploration issues -- and the initiative of her committee's Communication Director, Robert Dillon. See TODAY'S COMMUNICATION AND VIDEO HERE.|
Many moons will come before Shell Oil and other producers, under the most agreeable circumstances, can find and commercially produce oil and natural gas from Alaska's Arctic reservoirs in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas.
Any Arctic discovery and production may not likely come in time to ameliorate diminishing Alaska production that funds 90% of state government and over 1/3 of the state economy.
The impressive but modestly increased production within the onshore National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) is clouded by the Bureau of Land Management's decision to lock up half of its remaining potential and continuous/agenda driven EPA and Corps of Engineers efforts to deny and/or delay permits.
The federal bureaucracy opposes the 1980 intent of Congress and is acting illegally to manage a Refuge like a Wilderness. The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) re-categorized the Arctic National Wildlife Range (into a more restrictive "refuge"), but allowed a future Congress to approve oil exploration and production in a small sliver of the coastal plain of ANWR.
We know that even existing, high cost projects can be lost overnight with imposition of new or increased taxes.
Meanwhile, Alaska's North Slope oil production continues its slide downward exacerbating negative impact on Alaska state government revenue during this low oil price era.
This week we observe that (below) the Governor's reaction to an austere budget is not using his bully pulpit to convince democrats to join the republicans in voting to access billions stored in the 'Constitutional Budget Reserve' (CBR) savings account to balance the budget.
Instead, he is joining the democrats, browbeating the republican leadership to agree to increasing democrat-desired government spending as a quid pro quo to democrats agreeing on a super majority CBR vote.
Together, the Governor and democrats are pressing for more spending, not less, in today's austere fiscal environment.
And, they know exactly what they are doing. They are together trying to assemble popular support for increasing oil taxes during next year's legislative session, because 1) that would minimize the need for large spending cuts, and 2) THAT IS WHERE THE MONEY IS.
The problem with increasing the already high Alaska oil tax burden, is that it would discourage if not devastate oil industry investment that could otherwise produce a sustainable amount of future production and financial support for a moderate spending taxing authority.
Our instincts all point to the need for more effective communication.
Conservatives better become better communicators if they hope to explain why their tough approach on the budget is best for Alaska now and for future generations.
They could start by requesting editorial board meetings and giving reporters their personal cell phone numbers.
If they don't quit dodging reporters and don't become superior communicators quickly they will find that the current name calling will escalate. The Governor and democrats will likely initiate a summer program of constituent meetings around the state. They will probably ask folks how they think Alaska will solve its fiscal shortfalls.
Renewed demonization of industry and the legislature's republican leadership can easily be reignited; as could a new voters referendum.
And community organizers can produce crowds for constituent meetings and listening sessions that will demand, "Increase oil taxes"!!!!
Compelling conservative spokesmen need to articulate -- soon and often -- the wiser, approach to dealing with:
- budget shortfalls
- falling oil production
- bloated, unaffordable state budgets
- Federal government overreaching authority
- The future of Alaska's children.
But making silk purses out of sows ears requires a miracle. Our instinct further advises us that it is unlikely the republicans will successfully make the case for tax stability and fiscal restraint. If they wanted to or had the ability to, they would have been doing so every day and twice on Sunday for the last month.
While there are several very noteworthy exceptions, as a group the republican legislators are uncharismatic, unenergetic, unimaginative, uncompetive and rely on demographic majorities for reelection and support.
While there are many noteworthy exceptions, their democrat opponents are aggressive, young, seek out the media, and have fire in the belly.
As a group, democrats have the further advantage, as we've said, of believing and acting on the precept that, "The end justifies the means".
Political instinct teaches that democrats see a day ahead, when with aggressive and effective communications, they can seduce the entitlement generation into putting them into power throughout Alaska...and, indeed, the country. They've already done so within Anchorage city government.
And, for republicans with memory, that will have been an opportunity mis-handled THIS YEAR and countless opportunities lost for the remnants of future generations.
|ADN, by Dermot Cole.
A state plan aimed at speeding the transition to natural gas in Fairbanks reaches a key decision point Tuesday, with the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority scheduled to consider a $54 million investment to move the project forward.
The AIDEA board, set to meet in Anchorage, is to hear a report recommending the agency buy Pentex Natural Gas Company LLC, the parent company of the Fairbanks Natural Gas utility, for $54 million, with a closing expected by the end of July. The sale price would be reduced by about $15 million through the spinoff of the company’s Point MacKenzie liquefaction plant and other assets to Hillcorp later this year.
ADN by Dermot Cole. An annual multibillion-dollar debate between oil companies and local municipalities about differences in the taxable value of the trans-Alaska pipeline resumed in Anchorage Monday.
The oil companies argue the 38-year-old pipeline is worth $2.6 billion, while the municipal governments of the North Slope, Valdez and Fairbanks say it is worth about six times that much, in large part because billions of barrels of profitable oil remain to be pumped to Valdez in the decades ahead. The state is arguing for a value three times higher than that favored by the companies.
News Miner. Gov. Bill Walker on Monday vetoed much of the underfunded operating budget sent to him by the Alaska Legislature and warned state employees that 15,000 of them could be without a job on July 1 if the Legislature can't come up a fully funded budget.
Peninsula Clarion by Phuong Le. (Note our extensive coverage by scrolling down through last week's postings. -dh)
Neither a protest by hundreds of demonstrators nor a permit violation notice from the city will halt Royal Dutch Shell's use of a Seattle seaport terminal as it prepares for exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, spokesmen say.
The violation notice issued Monday by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development said use of Terminal 5 by a massive floating drill rig was in violation of the site's permitted use as a cargo terminal. The 400-foot Polar Pioneer and its support tug Aiviq must be removed from the terminal or Shell's host, Foss Maritime, must obtain an appropriate permit, the city indicated.
Today's Note From Robert Dillon (NGP Photo), Communication Director, U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources:
There’s been lots of misinformation out there about what the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has said about the safety of offshore Arctic development in Alaska. Let the attached fact sheet from BOEM set the record straight – it is not accurate to say there is a 75 percent chance of an oil spill from Shell’s Arctic exploration. Period.
The fact is that Alaska has a long history of safe and responsible oil and natural gas production in the Arctic. Some 35 wells have been drilled in Alaska’s Arctic waters since the 1980s. But you wouldn’t know that by listening to the opponents of oil production who claim Arctic drilling can’t be done safely. Hogwash.
To date, Alaska has produced and shipped more than 17 billion barrels of Arctic oil through the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. We’re already producing oil from federal waters at the Northstar field, which was discovered in 1984 and has produced more than 150 million barrels of oil since 2001.
And our state – with an estimated 46 billion barrels of conventional oil reserves and 430 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves – has much more to offer the nation. Studies suggest that increased leasing and development in Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas and in Cook Inlet could, by 2035, create nearly 840,000 jobs, raise more than $200 billion in revenue for the government and increase U.S. energy production by 3.5 million barrels.
Even President Obama agrees that Alaska production is good for America: “I would rather us – with all the safeguards and standards that we have – be producing our oil and gas, rather than importing it, which is bad for our people, but is also potentially purchased from places that have much lower environmental standards than we do.” – President Obama, May 14, 2015.
Our friend, Julie Hasquet offers this heads up about the upcoming luncheon of the Alaska Oil & Gas Association (AOGA).
"This annual event is the best place to learn all of the latest information, facts & figures about what is happening in Alaska’s oil and gas industry. This year’s opening remarks are from U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and the keynote speaker is Adam Sierninski, Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
The 2015 luncheon is Thursday, May 28 at 11:30 am at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. If you haven’t already, please take the opportunity to consider buying a table for you and clients...or individual tickets. You can register at www.aoga.org.
Published this morning: our MASTER RESOURCE Op-ed: "Seattle Hearing on Shell's Arctic Rig Docking: A Clash of Visions"
UN Climate Change Chief, Christiana Figueres: Against Capitalism and Against Shell's Arctic Exploration
|Investors Business Daily. At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.'s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.
"This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution," she said.
Politico. United Nations climate change chief Christiana Figueres on Wednesday questioned the wisdom of Shell's quest to drill in the Arctic. "There is an increasing amount of analysis that points to the fact that we will have to keep the great majority of fossil fuel reserves underground (Note: one of the talking points in several enviro presentations in Seattle on Tuesday. -dh), and there’s increasing amount of analysis that points to the increased danger ... of high-cost carbon investments," Figueres, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, told reporters.
Today we fearlessly define the role and character of 'useful idiots', expose their masters and shatter the innocence of those who continually ask, "why would they do that?"
As in the case of the Seattle hearing earlier this week, we often see the liberal element of our society acting in character: loud, defiant, rude, intolerant, highly emotional and quick to cite assumptions without much factual basis.
Above, we quoted Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.'s Framework Convention on Climate Change in connection with the Seattle hearing. She commented on Shell's exploration plan and her talking points mirrored those heard in the hearing
They will often demonize their prey and take illegal shortcuts as they pursue their ends via any means.
Who are the world's current army of useful idiots?
- These are the fresh faced, idealistic Australian "volunteers" who trespass on legal, oceangoing vessels to protest their oil exploration missions.
- These are the selfish who would print money to overspend now for their own comfort at the expense of their children who will pay the bill one unjust way or another.
- These are forest activists whose handiwork produces forest fires by politically fighting sustained yield forestry and who injure the loggers by 'spiking' trees.
- These are city park "occupiers" advocating anarchy while looting nearby stores and leaving piles of human waste and trash for honest citizens to clean up later.
- These are avowed socialists, advocating dictatorship and economic slavery by taxing a business to transfer wealth to, "green industry", true believers.
- These are politicians who have developed wealth transfer into a lucrative profession.
- These are litigants who would introduce a cake maker or photographer to bankruptcy or jail for politely declining to support a wedding ceremony.
- These are atheists, secularists and alternative religious fanatics who would erase the Christian heritage of America by forcing removal of all reference to Christ from public dialog and public places.
- These are global warming (a.k.a. "climate change") devotees who use devious techniques with religious fervor as a means to achieving their end -- eliminating opposition.
- These are those whose livelihood is based on creating racial or gender or religious or patriotic mistrust, bias and unrest where there was none.
- These are politicians advocating a weaker military and a more robust welfare state.
- These are school administrators who don't support teachers attempting to enforce order in a classroom and teachers who infuse their own liberal philosophies into lesson plans of every subject, from physics, to biology, English, history, economics and political science.
- These agitators will oppose without meritorious argument the construction of major projects, such as the Keystone Pipeline.
- These geniuses will burn to the ground the only pharmacy or convenience store in a ghetto to protest the lack of jobs in the ghetto.
- These will picket or boycott a restaurant whose management proclaims devotion to Christian values.
- These will picket and interrupt commerce and traffic in support of a government-ordered "Minimum Wage" as thousands of entry level, teen aged employees and senior citizens face layoffs, restaurant closings and non-human automation.
- These will support amnesty for trespassing, criminal, disease carrying and otherwise illegal aliens whose own countries would incarcerate or execute Americans who attempted illegal entry...and whose immigration programs are only open to healthy investors, fixed income retirees or professionals with talents to offer.
- These are those who are quick to criticize and demonize America's founding Christian principles while demeaning those who might in any way criticize an alien religion that is abhorrent to America's constitutional values and the intent of the country's founders.
- These others would wrap their climate change/global warming vocations/avocations in a mantel of religious fervor, absent the omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient Creator, of course.
- These are the ones who would use, not their own, but taxpayer dollars to subsidize unqualified homebuyers or uneconomic green company supporters in return for political support.
- These are that flank of the movement that would disarm America as the bureaucracy gains power.
Most of these seem highly dedicated to some cause.
All are on a stage.
Their acting performances are near flawless, because they are not merely actors on this stage of life and political action: they are true believers: housewives, students, professors, retirees, group activists, religious activists, political operatives.
And most align themselves with the Democrat Party in the United States or, more honestly, with "liberal" or "socialist" or "communist" parties in other countries. (Some of us can remember having good friends and colleagues who labeled themselves, "conservative democrats". Try to find one now who will not vote lockstep with the mainstream democrats on most issues.)
To those controling these intricate productions, to those who write the scripts, choreograph the action, design preprinted picket signs, create and coordinate talking points with the democrat/socialist/environmental networks and finance the productions -- to those who manipulate them -- the real life actors are very useful idiots.
|Follow the money and power. The result of all of the misguided, unAmerican actions above is to shift money and power -- and votes -- from producers in a free society to beneficiaries of a fascist bureaucracy.|
Fate of the useful idiots may not be what they expected.
Tragedy might await useful idiots. When the manipulators achieve power through the labor of the many constituent groups, their faithful environmental or social or political advocates will be expendable.
This is because following the accumulation of complete power, the liberal idealists, the useful idiots, will have no option but to support and vote for the fascist manipulators. Just ask liberal minorities how their brothers and sisters in Chinese or ISIS territory or Cuba are treated. And how did they fare under Roman, Turkish, Nazi, Soviet, Russian, Pol Pot or Boko Haram rule?
If useful idiots in America reflect on this history, they would join Christian prayer groups. They would carry the American Flag in parades, promote the Constitution and eject leftist philosophies whose end can only be to enslave the idiots who enable it.
Which of the countries hyperlinked above would provide the security, safety, rule of law, freedom, true hope and opportunity enjoyed by our past generations?
But what about mainstream, traditional, conservative, patriotic America in a fascist environment?
Those opposed to the manipulation will have already been dealt with: forced into bankruptcy, intimidated, monitored, investigated, jailed, or otherwise neutralized. It is now happening before our eyes.
The IRS abuses us, is not punished and its offenders given princely retirements and bonuses. The VA abuses veterans, is not punished and its offenders given princely retirements and bonuses. The Attorney General selectively enforces the law and encourages racial strife. The White House co-habits with tax cheats and employed one as Treasury Secretary. And, so much more....
I am often amazed when the federal government denies a permit, promulgates a terrible new regulation or vetoes a logical law that some of my friends still ask in wonderment: "Why would they do that?"
I always suggest that friends might find the answer by considering the manipulators of that result to be very smart, logical and serious. One should then consider the movement of money and power in connection with that particular issue and suddenly the very clear but evil strategy is revealed.
What is that mysterious cabal of government, environmental and corporate manipulators?
She is certainly one of the manipulators, using her "climate change" position of authority in the United Nations to disseminate global warming/climate change propaganda used by her faithful followers.
One guesses that the desirable end result of her work would be to put the UN firmly in charge of its various world units in a new world order -- though other world dictators might have a more selfish reason for bringing down the world's largest free economy.
In any case, we refrain from speculating further as to precise plans.
All we have to go on now is what we believe in a court of law to be a powerful case of circumstantial evidence, combined with the occasional admission such as that of Ms. Figueres, quoted above.
However, when we note the dozens of White House visits of some of the favored ones noted column right; when we note lack of prosecution of guilty allies; when we note the use of federal power to attack political opponents; and, when we see before our eyes the long tradition of due process fading into history: then, we know change is on the way. No, change is here.
And we know for certain that such change does not bode well for freedom, constitutional principals, the rule of law, free enterprise, traditional values, our Christian culture, our history, our Founders' dreams, our childrens' hopes and opportunities, peace in the world, or security at home.
What is the solution?
Already, we see change is inevitable. The question is how extreme will it get.
When the majority of Americans vote for the sort of change described herein --and they have -- change has already occurred.
When great companies like Wal-Mart and General Electric have already laid tribute at the alter of various politically correct, carbon tax, climate change, socialist and/or environmentally extreme NGOs -- change has already occurred.
When the military's traditions have been emasculated, Bibles banned, Christianity abused, General and Flag officers replaced with agreeable operatives in uniform -- then we know change has already occurred.
When we see an Administration that backs down from a red line in Syria, how can we expect for it to support allies engaged in Asian island disputes with China; with mano a mano disputes between Russia and NATO allies; with the Iranian fleet testing our Yemen resolve; with Middle Eastern jihadists threatening our Israeli, Jordanian, Saudi and other allies; with jihadists establishing training camps throughout the United States; with Russians taking more and more command of Arctic resources and waterways?
What is the solution; what should we do?
Well, the thing the United States of America is not doing as a nation and the majority of its people are not doing as individuals, is kneeling before our Master and Creator, vowing allegiance, requesting forgiveness, giving thanks, asking for guidance and protection as his children.
The most important thing we could do are those things listed above. Our Founders did and were led to miraculous victory--not unlike Joshua of old.
By taking the same approach, we expose ourselves and our Nation to a state of grace, to the unequaled power of our God. We will be led to elect good people to public office and to find hope where now there is only the specter of disaster, destruction. That is the solution.
We will keep faith with our Founders who, in turn, found God's guidance and protection real, everlasting and irreplaceable. And they warned future generations that only by continued allegiance to the creator and the founding principles could we hope to see the nation survive future challenges. That is what we should do.
Yes, this webpage is about energy. But energy is a part of and will be controlled by the big, orchestrated changes now occurring. Presently, those changes do not look well for a free and productive private sector. And while we do not have ministerial training, we would be compelled by history and logic to this conclusion -- even were we not compelled by faith.
Unless we face the major issue -- reliance on Holy God -- no industry, no state, no employment, no nation, no family, no future is secure from the dedicated and evil networks organized against and poised to change our way of life.
In that somber change, sadly, we can believe -- unless we are willing to change ourselves.