Yesterday, we participated in an outstanding presentation delivered to members of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners by "Fueling California" Chairman, Bob Sturtz (NGP Photo). The presentation sought to demonstrate how California's experience could help energy consumers everywhere. Since our readers know that state and federal energy policies are overlapping, we present this link that provides much useful information. In general, California's experience is that political manipulation of energy programs, subsidies, regulations and a greenhouse gas emissions voter initiative has dramatically increased energy costs for consumers. -dh
EPA Deadline For Alaskans Today; Please Comment. We Also Continue To Hope For Massive Republican and Democrat Elected Leader Participation. This Is Not A 'Pebble' Issue. This Is A Federal Overreach Issue Affecting All Resource Development. It's About The EPA Defying Due Process And The Rule Of Law. Send Us Your Comments and We Will Post Them! -dh (Here is my comment.)
Calgary Herald by Lee Yee, Reuters. China’s top offshore oil producer CNOOC Ltd has agreed to buy Calgary-based Nexen Inc for about $15.1 billion in one of the most ambitious acquisitions by a Chinese company to date that may test Ottawa’s tolerance of foreign takeovers.
ADN by Richard Mauer. With the governor and conservative Republicans targeting members of the bipartisan coalition that governs the Alaska Senate, the public interest group Backbone is stirring to life again to defend those senators in the conflict over oil taxes. ... "We don't have members, we don't have bylaws, we're not a 501(c)(3), we're not a PAC," said (Malcolm) Roberts (NGP Photo-L). ... Backbone members met Wednesday in the Anchorage law office of Bill Walker (NGP Photo-Below), a leading advocate of a large diameter, "all-Alaska" gas line, who lost to Parnell in the 2010 Republican primary. After they approved an announcement of the first public event in their campaign -- a news conference next week featuring past and current state leaders -- they discussed their plans with a Daily News reporter. ... But as other members sat around Walker's conference table, David Gottstein (NGP Photo-R), an investment advisor and a founder of Backbone, said the 2012 election would be "a historic vote" because of the implications for the state's future. Most of the state treasury is built on oil revenues. Giving billions back to industry on a "highly speculative" bet that it would lead to more drilling would be a big mistake, Gottstein said. (Commentary: We've already commented (here) on the selfish, socialist, anti-investor mentality advocated by the "It's Our Oil" activists and the destructive economic policy burden such advocates would place on the backs of our children. In coming days, we will provide more analysis for readers. Until then, we wonder how many of the 'Backbone' activists--so anxious to demonize Alaska's largest investors--have stood up and been counted defying the ACTUAL, demonic assaults by the Obama Administration on Alaska's economy. We further wonder how many candidates for public office have commented on the federal assaults. Are those who defend Alaska against federal overreach mostly of one party? Are most critics of federal overreach of one House or Senate coalition? We believe the answers will help citizens illuminate election decisions. We believe defense of Alaska's sovereignty against federal overreach would be an important factor in calculating grades of legislators as future 'Legislative Report Cards' are designed.
P.S. We also challenge the ADN writer's characterization of Backbone activists as a 'public interest group', unless he characterizes his report as an 'opinion' piece. If such work is cast as objective journalism when it should be labled as opinion a great disservice is done to readers and the professionalsm of the 'newspaper' can be appropriately questioned. -dh
EPA DEADLINE FOR ALASKANS TODAY (We Thank the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce for This Leadership. See our earlier 'federal overreach' links here. -dh)
Comment submitted today by Dave Harbour:
You should suspend the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment activity at this time. If you do not suspend activity at this time, you should initiate an equally robust economic impact study to determine the result of your actions.
The EPA should suspend and only reengage in this issue when all relevant permits have been filed by an applicant with appropriate state and federal agencies. Your current activity, in my opinion as former Chairman of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, is advocacy in nature, an assault on regulatory due process and seems designed to taint any future regulatory record with controversy and bias. I further believe that your activity, ranging outside the proper permitting process, violates the intent of Congress and is, accordingly, a misuse of your agency's current appropriations--or, at least, evidence that your current appropriations are excessive.
Furthermore, the precedent set by this improper and possibly illegal initiative signals resource development opponents nationwide that they may stall real or imagined projects at a very low cost to them and a very high cost to taxpayers. Massive anti-development, taxpayer-funded delays could be achieved by merely petitioning the EPA to review projects before proponents have even filed applications defining the work to be done and before professional analyses required by NPEA have been completed and folded into a record for decision.
In conclusion, I ask that this comment be placed in your record and responded to. I further petition you to accompany this Watershed Assessment, should it continue, with just as extensive an 'economic impact review', so that the effects of your actions can be more fully known and assessed.
This comment is not a request to appear at any future hearing.
Anchorage, Ak. 99507
From: Consumer Energy Alliance: