Alaska Dispatch by Alex DeMarban. Apocalyptic natural-gas nightmare still a concern for Southcentral Alaska
Petroleum News by Kristen Nelson. House plan combines existing bills, wraps ANGDA into AGDC with same board
This January 2012 message from the Chairman of the Retired Public Employees Association, Bob Doll, reflects why it is critical now to both cut government spending and improve the investment climate leading to sustained economic growth, as Steve Forbes advocates below. The State of Alaska owes $4 billion to the Teachers’ Retirement System and more than $6 billion to the Public Employees Retirement System. Those debts represent deposits which the state should have made into PRS/TRS, but did not, and interest which it should have earned on the trust funds, but has not. As bad as it may be at the moment, the state’s obligation will only increase in the years to come. Entire message/ (Comment: One wonders why the public hears of no bills in the Legislature to completely pay off PERS/TERS liabilities with over $10 billion in current state savings accounts--and thus free our children of that debt. -dh)
Factbox: Enbridge pipeline to the Pacific: facts and issues - Reuters - (Reuters) - Enbridge Inc's Northern Gateway pipeline is aimed at opening up lucrative overseas markets for surging Canadian oil sands production, but it has become highly contentious as Ottawa and the oil companies that support the project seek to fend off opposition from environmental and aboriginal groups.
From Larry Persily (NGP Photo), the Federal Coordinator's office: The public can offer input on the environmental impact statement for the proposed $32 billion to $41 billion Alaska natural gas pipeline project during seven meetings scheduled between Jan. 30 (TODAY) and Feb. 13.
Huffington Post: Alaskan State Representative Submits Resolution To Turn Central Park Into Wildlife Refuge - Republican state representative Kyle Johansen (NGP Photo) submitted this hilarious resolution Monday to the state legislature asking the federal government to, "declare Central Park to be a wilderness area and to prohibit any further improvement or development of Central Park unless authorized by an act of Congress." (Comment: Rep. Johannsen does have a point, as from the Alaskan point of view, members of Congress from northeastern states who regularly oppose natural resources development in Alaska do not have to deal with a substantial percentage of their home states locked up as national parks, wildlife refuges, national monuments, national forests or wildnerness areas like Alaska does. - AG)