Comment: How many Alaskans/Americans are now in the mood for another TEA PARTY? In fact, Shouldn't we celebrate that original 1773 event this coming November 4?
We've continually cautioned in these pages that for almost four years the state of Alaska -- especially the natural resources sector upon which our economy depends -- has received nothing but harassment and negative treatment by an authoritarian and ...
Sidebar Comment: We note that Alaska is only one local US Jurisdiction under attack by the Obama Administration's job destroying regulatory agencies. Here is a current example from this morning's hearing in Washington. -dh “Is the Obama Administration now waiting until after the election, when the President will have more ‘flexibility,’ to release its job-destroying regulation? What is the Administration planning to impose after November that it doesn’t want the American people to know about now?”
... overreaching Federal government. King George's spirit is alive and well in the bowels of Congress and the Federal Administration, constipating, castigating and criticizing the free enterprise economy which so many have defended through the decades at such a great price. Wouldn't hundreds of thousands of patriots be turning in their graves right now were they aware that while they were fighting abroad, America's greatest threat was growing like cancer from within, protected by the honorable yet naive host it seeks to destroy. The latest federal fuselage about to detonate on our shores, within our economy, is another federal environmental initiative cloaked in wolf's clothing. Read below, weep, recover, prepare, organize and commit to excise this political malaise from our formerly free country in the next three months. -dh
In March and April 2009, the United States submitted a petition to the International Maritime Organization to create a special North American Emission Control Area (ECA). The ECA requires large vessels to use more expensive fuel while operating within 200 miles of the coastline. Neither the EPA or Congress have excluded Alaska from the new ECA requirements. "The ECA will have a significant negative impact upon Alaskans and our economy," stated Rachael Petro (NGP Photo), President and CEO of the Alaska Chamber. Most of the goods Alaskans consume and retail products sold by our businesses, as well as much of the equipment used by our resource development based industries all arrive via waterborne cargo vessels. "In effect," Petro said, "The ECA levies a shipping tax upon Alaskans without demonstrating any legitimate scientific justification or proving there will be any measurable environmental benefits of such extreme regulations."