Thanksgiving, 2013, "Thank You, Father"
Many of our readers know of the Pilgrims' first celebration of Thanksgiving. Some have also toured Mount Vernon and Monticello, General Lee's home in Arlington National Cemetery and the Ronald Regan Presidential Library in Simi Valley and consider Abraham Lincoln the acknowledged father of America's Thanksgiving Day. One is amazed at how much these leaders accomplished, and how much hey had in common--a deep faith in their Creator.
Your author and many readers believe America today requires valiant and inspired leadership to rescue the Founders' nation from depravity, insolvency, incompetence, suicidal economics, political and military vacillation, unsustainable populism, corruption, dictatorial government overreach and an almost irreparable loss of freedom.
We believe that the essential ingredient a saving leadership will possess is an unshakeable relationship with the God of our fathers. The leader who will save America from decline and eventual dissolution will share the faith of those noted above and many others.
We provide the few links above for those wishing to refresh their knowledge of where the greatness of America originated.
For years -- on this day -- I have reviewed Washington's and Lincoln's words and been both admonished and encouraged.
In rereading them again today, I am also frightened that not enough of our leaders and fellow citizens take direction from the almighty God of our fathers and so many dear mothers.
I fear America's spiritual decay is accurately reflected in the shallow term shouted gleefully to coworkers by many who left their offices early yesterday, "Hey, have a great turkey day!"
If we fail to worship our Creator, give Him proper thanks and even acknowledge his existence how can we expect Him to protect us, guide our progress, lead our people and ultimately gather us in His eternal presence?
And if we give more honor to "Turkey Day" than to the God who guided our great leaders of the past, how can we expect the American experience to end well?
Together, then, let us focus on Him today as we begin our Thanksgiving feasts with, "Thank you, Father...."
Point of personal privilege: having been involved in creation of Anchorage's Saturday Market twenty years ago -- as a venue for several hundred small businesses -- we follow the progress of the market with interest. We know that wealthy downtown special interests would like to see the market moved to the streets in front of their businesses. We do not object to allowing markets to flourish elsewhere but not at the expense of the established, proven, successful Saturday Market. We continue to believe that any decisions affecting the future of the market should put primary focus on the vendor families who have derived an income from that market. Here is a review of the current situation by Anchorage NBC affiliate, Channel 2, KTUU. -dh
Point Of Personal Privilege
We honor our late ARCO colleague, well respected throughout the North American oil patch, Jim Weeks (NGP Photo), by sharing below, a celebration of his life:
James Dale Weeks, 67, of Anchorage AK, passed away peacefully on August 20th 2013, at Providence Hospital with family by his side.
His Celebration of Life will be held from 4:30 to 8 pm on September 6th, 2013 at the Petroleum Club of Anchorage.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Marty, his son, Justin, daughter Cassie, brother, Donald of Basin Wyoming, and sisters, Barbara Osborne of Rawlins Wyoming, Betty Flyr and Donna Wilk of Littleton Colorado.
Jim was born to Margaret and Don Weeks in Rawlins, Wyoming on August 8th, 1946. He graduated from Rawlins High School in 1964 and went on to receive a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Wyoming in Laramie and then completed an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
His career in the oil and gas industry began in 1969 when he was hired by Arco in Houston, TX as an operations engineer working on rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. After transfers to Dallas, Pasadena, and Denver, Alaska came calling in 1983 where he was promoted to Operations manager of Kuparuk River Field. After a brief relocation to Houston in 1987, he returned to Alaska in 1988 as an executive, assuming the role of Senior VP of Arco Alaska, overseeing all production of Prudhoe Bay. In 1995, his expertise and reputation led him to Beijing, China to serve as President and GM of Arco, China Inc. After a 30 year career with Arco, Jim retired in 1999, but his passion for crude didn’t stop there. Through UltraStar, an independent energy company, Jim continued his quest for black gold.
Jim’s passion for oil and gas exploration was unparalled but his friends and family would agree that he also held an equally large passion for laughter. Anyone who met him was sure to witness his contagious smile, hear many of his stories, and one of a kind jokes.
As an avid fisherman, Jim held a special place in his heart for his cabin on the Little Susitna River, affectionately referred to as “The Penal Colony,” where he spent many years with his friends and family. If you were not in the mood for fresh fish straight off his line, he would offer to cook up his famous barbeque ribs, or chili.
Jim, a true Alaskan pioneer and legendary oilman, will be fondly remembered for his extraordinary generosity, large heart and infectious sense of humor.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Jim’s memory can be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org).
Financial Post by Jeff Lewis. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver is recalling the spectre of the aborted Mackenzie Valley pipeline to warn that resource projects have a limited shelf life, as the federal government seeks consensus on major energy projects. The Arctic pipeline, felled by a shale gas boom in the United States, “represented a tremendous opportunity for aboriginal partners. But the regulatory review took almost a decade to complete,” Mr. Oliver said Monday in prepared remarks at a meeting of provincial and territorial energy ministers in Yellowknife, N.W.T.
Fairbanks News Miner. The Fairbanks Chapter of the Alaska Support Industry Alliance is hosting a discussion about the liquefied natural gas feasibility study at a lunch meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge. Speakers at the meeting will be Gene Therriault of the Alaska Energy Authority and Mark Davis of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. The luncheon costs $18. For more information, email info@alaskaal liance.com.
Consumer Energy Alliance Clips:
Daily Democrat: California's low-carbon fuel rule is working, but threats loom
California is replacing oil with cleaner-burning fuels in cars and trucks, thanks to a landmark low-carbon fuel rule, according to a recent report. But the rule's fate is uncertain amid legal chaos and a shortfall in the production of clean biofuels.
Politico: McAuliffe, Cuccinelli talk energy
Virginia's two gubernatorial candidates participate in a forum on energy issues hosted by the Consumer Energy Alliance in Arlington on Thursday morning.
The Hill: GOP to probe Obama's climate plans
House Republicans have scheduled their first big hearing on President Obama’s sweeping second-term climate change agenda. The Energy and Commerce Committee has invited officials from 13 agencies to a Sept. 18 hearing on the executive actions Obama unveiled in late June.
KTIC 840am: Bold Nebraska holds groundbreaking for barn
Bold Nebraska recently held a groundbreaking ceremony near York for the Build Our Energy Barn. Executive Director Jane Kleeb shares Bold Nebraska's stance and thoughts on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
Townhall Finance: Keystone XL: not just a pipeline, a life-line
The final State Department report on the Keystone XL pipeline’s environmental impact is expected in a matter of weeks. Yet, the administration continues to send mixed messages as to which direction it is leaning.
Wall Street Journal: Founding Father of the Shale Boom Says the Best is Yet to Come
“We’re not even at half time yet" says Hans Helmerich, as he steps down as CEO of the oilfield services company that became one of America's most active on-shore drillers.
Reuters: Traders cash in on U.S. propane boom
The United States has emerged as a big net exporter of propane and other liquefied petroleum gases (LPGs), thanks to the shale revolution, becoming a prime supplier of heating, cooking and motor fuel for countries across Latin America.
A Philadelphia Gas Works consultant said it "may be feasible" to convert the city-owned utility's Port Richmond liquefied natural gas plant to export Marcellus Shale gas by sea.
Philly.com: Planned natural-gas power plant acquired by Texas private-equity firm
A Dallas, Texas, private-equity firm, Panda Power Funds, is acquiring Moxie Energy's planned Liberty Generating Station in Bradford County, Pa., billed as the first power plant developed to use natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation. The 829-megawatt plant will produce enough power to supply 1 million homes.
Daryl Hannah joined the nonprofit group Americans Against Fracking and other activists in a demonstration Thursday in Washington’s Lafayette Square. Americans Against Fracking — a collective of about 200 national and regional organizations — said it has gathered about 650,000 signatures to petition President Obama and the Bureau of Land Management to end fracking on federal land.
Associated Press: Some say industry arrogance fueled fracking anger
The boom in oil and gas fracking has led to jobs, billions in royalties and profits, and even some environmental gains. But some experts say arrogance, a lack of transparency and poor communication on the part of the drilling industry have helped fuel public anger over the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
Point of personal privilege. Today we honor our friend Ken Stout (NGP Photo-R), a great American veteran, a public servant, father and husband who acquitted himself well, and, like Paul of old, served Our Lord wherever he went, consistently. This good and faithful servant made a difference, was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him. -dh
ADN by Tim Bradner (NGP Photo). Last week was energy week in Anchorage. There were two important conferences back to back. The first was the Alaska Energy Authority's annual Rural Energy Conference.
(Your author is in China. While updates have been sporatic, we will resume normal operations in a few days upon our return to Alaska. The gracious patience of our readers is appreciated. -dh)
Petroleum News. Cathy Foerster (NGP Photo) and Norm Rokeberg were among Gov. Sean Parnell’s appointments approved by the Alaska Legislature April 8. Foerster, who holds the petroleum engineer seat on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and is serving as the commission’s chair, was appointed 2005 and reappointed in 2007. Her current reappointment was effective March 1; the term expires March 1, 2019. Rokeberg was confirmed to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. He was named to the seat March 1, replacing Kate Giard, who resigned as a commissioner Jan. 4. Rokeberg’s term expires March 1, 2019.