Notes From the Road
Alaska Dispatch by Jonathan Katchen. Much of the discussion surrounding our oil taxes is driven by emotion and ideology instead of facts. Most Alaskans want a vibrant oil industry that generates good paying jobs, keeps the oil flowing for years to come and provides Alaskans with a fair share of revenue. Here’s why voting to repeal SB 21 will jeopardize these goals.
Calgary Herald by Stephen Ewart. Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National Railway reported record second quarter financial results in the past week, based in part on strong North American energy markets that included the growing volumes of crude transported by rail as well as increased shipments of frac sand and drill pipe.
The report contains more than 40 pages of Commerce Department decisions from the 1970s and 1980s on expanded exports of residual fuel oil, petroleum coke, butane, specialty naphtha, and other petroleum-related products.
Fairbanks News Miner by Matt Buxton. Mayors from communities along the route of a proposed natural gas pipeline still are wary about the project’s impacts despite Gov. Sean Parnell’s creation of a project review board.
E&E News (4/1/14) reports: A federal court in Washington, D.C., today upheld a pair of sweeping 2011 settlements between the Obama administration and environmental groups over the streamlining of endangered species decisions, concluding that a homebuilders coalition lacked standing to challenge them. It marked the fourth time in a row federal courts have determined groups have no basis for challenging the legal agreement signed with WildEarth Guardians and the Center for Biological Diversity.
Kenai Peninsula Clarion Editorial. Last week, Gov. Sean Parnell created a municipal advisory board to weigh in on issues surrounding a natural gas pipeline project that could eventually tie communities together from Prudhoe Bay to Nikiski (i.e. See News Miner Story). While it’s laudable that the governor chose to allow several of those communities to weigh in — representatives from North Slope, Fairbanks North Star, Denali, Matanuska-Susitna, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough will be able to weigh in — we find other parts of the pipeline development process to be troubling. More....
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But the UN climate body now says it is no longer so certain. The second part of the IPCC’s new assessment report is due to be presented next Monday (I.E. TODAY) in Yokohama, Japan. On the one hand, a classified draft of the report notes that a further “increased extinction risk for a substantial number of species during and beyond the 21st century” is to be expected. On the other hand, the IPCC admits that there is no evidence climate change has led to even a single species becoming extinct thus far. . .
Fairbanks News Miner by Matt Buxton.
After local mayors raised concerns over how the state’s natural gas pipeline deal could deprive communities of millions in property taxes, Gov. Sean Parnell (NGP Photo) established a board tasked with reviewing the pipeline.
Parnell signed an order creating the Municipal Advisory Gas Project Review Board, which will “develop a framework for assessing the impact and benefits, especially on communities, of a future Alaska natural gas line,” according to a press release Tuesday.
While the live event is sold out, NGP readers can attend the virtual event on line by going here. The Prayer Breakfast coverage begins at 8 this morning, which is noon EDT.
We have attended and covered these events in the past.
Question. Why would we do that? Answer. We make occasional reference to the omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent creator of the Universe here because we are lost in the chaos of temporal issues without Him.
American and Canadian energy projects, family plans, company investments, government coordination and all other human endeavors can only go well in the long run with men and women of faith who seek God's wisdom and petition Him to direct our paths.
The alternative, with apologies to Thomas Carlyle for use of his term, can only lead one, one's family, one's project or one's nation into a life of "dismal science". -dh
On another but somehow related subject is a video designed solely to inspire and entertain the many loyal followers of "Northern Gas Pipelines". Sit back, hold onto your chair, take a deep breath and listen to this Italian angel whose voice seems -- but is really not -- inconsistent with her uniform:
Alaska Dispatch. A Californian withdrew his name from an Alaska board on which membership is reserved for Alaskans, but a Texan is still seeking confirmation to another Alaska board. ... Seeking confirmation now to a seat on the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. is Richard Rabinow of Houston, Texas.