Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso discussed the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act (S. 33), that will speed up the approval process for exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries which do not have free trade agreements with the United States. Additionally, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Petroleum Institute issued letters of support for S. 33 in advance of today’s hearing.
|Calgary Herald by Dan Healing. A consortium including Calgary-based midstream and energy firm Altagas Ltd. has taken possession of the proposed Douglas Channel LNG project through a plan of arrangement that ends a Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act process. (Alaskans will note the consortium includes investors from Asian and European market areas. -dh)|
World Energy News by Joseph Keefe. Oil major Shell wants to revive its Arctic oil drilling programme this year after a near two-year suspension, angering environmentalists who say the risk of an oil spill is too high.
Robert Dillon (NGP Photo) of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee reports this afternoon that, "Shell CEO Ben van Beurden today told a conference in London that Shell would drill in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea this summer.
"Shell has invested nearly $6 billion in leases and exploration in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off Alaska’s northern coast," Dillon said. "The Arctic holds 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil reserves, and 30 percent of undiscovered natural gas deposits, so the potential for Alaska is immense. Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast contain an estimated 30 billion barrels of oil and 221 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, according to the federal government."
Dillon said the resources are "critically important to the nation, state and continued operations of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS)" in terms of domestic oil supply and jobs.
Shell aims to restart Arctic drilling this year – CEO (Reuters)
LONDON Thu Jan 29, 2015 5:25am EST
Jan 29 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell is planning to restart oil drilling in the Arctic this year, Chief Executive Ben van Beurden said on Thursday.
The oil company suspended its Alaskan drilling programme in 2014 to rein in costs and in the face of fierce environmental opposition.
Van Beurden said he aimed to restart the campaign this year, pending approval of the necessary permits and the conclusion of various legal challenges.
"Yes, we are minded to drill in the Chukchi Sea," he told reporters at a conference in London.
WSJ YESTERDAY: Obama’s Trans-Alaska Oil Assault
He’s slowly starving the current pipeline so it will have to shut down.
Washington’s energy debate has been focused on President Obama’s endless opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, but maybe that was only a warm-up. His new fossil fuel shutdown target is Alaska.
Refer also to Monday's editorial re: A Good Father Figure
another layer of anti-development complexity courtesy of a new Arctic Executive Order....
President Obama announced Sunday that he’ll use his executive authority to designate 12.... Read More
TODAY. From Robert Dillon, Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee:
NPR Morning Edition host Renee Montagne spoke with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, (NGP Photo), this week about the impacts on Alaska of the president’s decision to designated 12 million acres of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness.
Alaskanomics: Alaska's Leaders Stand Strong Against Proposed ANWR Designation
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation: "We are staunchly opposed to this relentless and coordinated effort to designate the Coastal Plain of ANWR as Wilderness."
White House Calls Alaska Voices "Overreaction"....
Fed plans for OCS also overreaching
Sen. Murkowski, the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, reminded NPR listeners of the oversized role the federal government has in Alaska – where more than 60 percent of the land is under federal control – and the restrictions that can place on the state government’s ability to build a robust economy.
Murkowski also said the sharp reaction from her and the entire Alaska delegation was prompted not just by the president’s announcement on ANWR, but on the restrictions placed on energy exploration in Alaska’s arctic waters and in the National Petroleum Reserve. Sen. Murkowski called the administration’s actions “a one, two, three kick to the gut of Alaska’s economy.” Click here to listen to the interview--then scroll down to read the very similar, vindictive comments.
Latest Federal/Political Overreach Endangers Alaska's Future and Threatens U.S. Economy
If you read the comments at the end of the NPR interview story above, you'll understand how truly well organized the Enviro-Industrial-Governmental Cabal is in America today (i.e. Click and scroll down for many references).
We would love to see the emails that Soros/Podesta-supported websites and organizations dispatch whenever a story occurs that runs counter to the democrat/socialist party line. Virtually 100% of a landslide of comments to the NPR interview are negative and we have seen the talking points used by these 'seminar indoctrinated blog responders' repeated on various sites. (Reference: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Either left-comment writers are mobilized to write or call in whenever the community organizers ask them to, or virtually all of NPR listeners are left-leaning and extremely activist writers. I prefer to think the latter, especially our tax money and corporate funds support NPR. But reality tells me it's a combination of the two: a mostly left-leaning audience supported by professional community organizing communication professionals.
We often ask our private sector friends, "Why don't you appear at more hearings, write more letters to the editor, etc." Answer: "Hey, may, I've got a job." Nevertheless, we continue to inform our readers, urging them to take the time to participate as well. If we with greater knowledge of the industry issues do not comment, the public and/or regulatory records are left with nothing but negativity toward the development that sustains our way of life.
Apparently the "job" or at least hobby of many activists is to become serial, seminar blog and letter writers.
(In fact most of the emails we at NGP receive that attack economic development are written during business hours from folks employed by universities, and local, state or federal governments.)
Having lived in Alaska for most of a lifetime, this writer has found that, if anything, Senator Murkowski's view of the Obama Administration's anti-Alaska efforts understates the danger to our republic.
The Administration, by its actions, has demonstrated a consistent and determined effort to defrock Alaska of its constitutional dependence upon natural resource development.
Having now accomplished that, in large part, it could only be a matter of time before private industry begins a withdrawal from Alaska. As federal executive and regulatory assaults continue, the state and municipal governments will become economically unsustainable--at least in their current form. This is because 90% of the state's operating budget is based on transporting oil through the Trans Alaska pipeline, whose continued life is threatened by the current, federal administration. In addition, over a third of Alaska's entire economy is based on that single, trans Alaska oil economy lifeline.
And, we should not underestimate the damage to America's entire economy and future resulting from a loss of access to Alaska's critical oil, gas, coal, timber and strategic metals.
Readers have questioned, "Why would the administration do these things; it is not logical."
It is not logical from an ordinary, honest citizen's viewpoint that just expects his elected government to conform to the rule of law and "do the right thing" for the country.
But the executive branch's hostile actions to Alaska are logical from the viewpoint of a left-leaning political strategist whose goal is not preserving the "right", but in amassing the "might".
That professional, left-leaning strategist advises the administration and its leftist allies throughout the country to put up every possible barricade against oil and gas shale development ... because that is where mostly free enterprise (and, shall we say, mostly republican) jobs are created?
The strategist recommends against timely approval of great, private controlled projects like the Keystone XL, because that is where mostly free enterprise jobs are created.
The strategist can demonize -- and attempt to liquidate -- one of America's great, wealth producing industries, COAL, even as it has become the "clean coal industry". This is because it sponsors wealth producing, mostly free enterprise jobs from the Rocky Mountains to the job-starved eastern states.
Washington strategists over the years have decimated thousands of timber jobs throughout the country and killed Alaska's major timber employers, all private sector 49th state pioneers.
The strategist recommends that the administration hamper all sorts of private projects using the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. In this way, the lizards, frogs, fish, sage grouse, beluga whales, steller sea lions and polar bears can take the heat for proclaiming millions of acres of public and private lands to be off limits to any wealth producing activity that might strengthen the economy or the national defense--even when that activity will have no ill effect on the critter the regulators seek to employ as scapegoats (i.e. Beluga Whale, Steller Sea Lion, etc.).
These devices are used to prevent employment of private sector Americans, as efforts are made to increase the ratio of Americans employed by government or those indebted to federal entitlement, subsidy, loan, transfer, social or immigration programs.
Yes, the Administration is not stupid. Alaska is currently a red state, with republicans dominating most of the statewide elected positions.
But it takes a majority of conservative voters to achieve that representation.
By administrative action, the federal government seems determined to change the voting ratio in Alaska.
When and if that happens, the population will be lower and economic activity greatly reduced. But following a potential exodus of private sector workers, the remaining federal and state bureaucrats, entitlement beneficiaries, elected officials, center-left and mostly green non-profit organizations and a majority of voters will be highly supportive of progressive state and federal administrations.
While that may threaten the economic stability of the state, there is always the possibility that those who 'know best' in Washington, will exercise paternal generosity and, once again, make Alaska a ward of the federal government--a new entity that we suggest could be known as, "an Entitlement State".
So, yes, Senator Murkowski has it right and so does the Wall Street Journal. If a majority of our readers also believe they "have it right", then one cannot avoid being drawn to our conclusion.
Painfully, we are witnessing a pattern of deception so powerful that absent dramatic reversals in federal policy and leadership, Alaska is headed toward entitlement statehood.
And, with the greatest oil, gas, coal, minerals, timber, fishing resources, it is worth repeating to say that Alaska's loss is America's economic loss. (We say fishing because without oil and gas, the remaining tourism, fishing, retail, and individual taxpayers will be coughing up all the money needed for the government they will wish to support. That burden will also force many of the remaining private sector endeavors out of business--as Alaska learned during the low oil price era of the late-1980s.)
And with those losses comes the specter of a more determined Arctic power, now evaluating America's weakness of will -- amply demonstrated throughout the world -- along with its downsized military. Could this adjacent Arctic power, bold enough to continually test Alaskan air space, be determining how to retake what it once sold to America for a mere $7.2 million, 2 cents/acre.
We innocently assume that a majority of NPR commenters are well intentioned, if misled. They may simply be enjoying the prospects of participating in authoritarian control of a formerly free country--"Change they can believe in".
But with weakness comes vulnerability and they may actually be playing the role of Useful Idealists who end up participating not just in the demise of freedom, but in also seeing their best laid plans go astray.
Senate Energy Committee staff representative responds to White House staff representative:
From Robert Dillon (NGP Photo), Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee:
We are amazed to hear White House counselor John Podesta (Ref. 1, 2) claim that Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has “overreacted” to the White House’s decision to declare war on Alaska’s economic future.
“Overreaction” is an interesting choice of words, to say the least.
Let’s think about this for a moment. Which of the following does not deserve a strong reaction from Alaska’s senior senator?
- Is it the fact that the White House is placing 12 million more acres of the Arctic Coastal Plain into escrow and de facto wilderness, despite ANILCA’s “no more” wilderness clauses, and even though 80 percent of Alaskans support development that would cover just 0.01% of ANWR?
- Is it the fact that the White House also plans to indefinitely withdraw additional areas of Alaska’s northern waters – in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas – from leasing in its upcoming Five-Year Outer Continental Shelf plan?
- Is it the fact that the White House is threatening to impose such steep mitigation requirements on a long-stalled project in the National Petroleum Reserve – which was specifically reserved for petroleum development – that the company seeking to develop it for the last 17 years is now on the verge of being forced to pull the plug?
- Or, is it the fact that this White House refuses to make any of the nearly 40 billion barrels of oil in Alaska’s federal areas open to development, even though the state’s oil production has declined precipitously, and the state now faces a budget crisis due to a combination of low production and low prices?
Apparently, the White House believes that the proper reaction to its week-long series of anti-Alaskan energy announcements is to nod in silence and assent. Yet, Mr. Podesta went on to prove that Sen. Murkowski’s reaction was fully warranted in his very next sentence. (We’re so glad the White House isn’t going to try to shut down production on state land, by the way. Very generous of them.)
A final question for Mr. Podesta: does this response, from Democratic Rep. Ben Nageak of Barrow, also qualify as an “overreaction”? We’d love to hear his thought. Click on link for video of Alaska State Rep. Ben Nageak of Barrow:
JANUARY 27, 2015 Robert_Dillon@Energy.Senate.Gov
Interior’s Proposed Offshore Leasing Plan Will Place
New Restrictions on Exploration of Alaska’s Waters
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today criticized the Obama administration for its continued campaign to shut down oil and natural gas activity in Alaska.
“This administration is determined to shut down oil and gas production in Alaska’s federal areas – and this offshore plan is yet another example of their short-sighted thinking,” said Murkowski, the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “The president’s indefinite withdrawal of broad areas of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas is the same unilateral approach this administration is taking in placing restrictions on the vast energy resources in ANWR and the NPR-A.”
Murkowski’s comments come on the heels of the release of the Interior Department’s new five-year offshore oil and natural gas leasing plan, which bans exploration in large portions of Alaska’s Chukchi and Beaufort seas.
Interior’s draft plan does include three proposed leases sales in Alaska’s federal waters – one each in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, and one in Cook Inlet – but Murkowski said there is no guarantee those sales will ever be held.
“This administration is once again promising Alaskans that it will allow exploration sometime in the future – but not right now,” Murkowski said. “I think we all know what promises from this administration are worth. They promised Alaska multiple lease sales under the current five-year plan, but so far there have been none, as sales continue to be postponed even past when the president will no longer be in office. Promises will not fill the trans-Alaska pipeline.”
The draft 2017-2022 plan also includes a proposal to open a portion of the Atlantic to leasing off the coasts of Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia.
“The proposed lease sales we’re talking about right now aren’t scheduled until after President Obama is out of office,” Murkowski said. “Forgive me for remaining skeptical about this administration’s commitment to our energy security. I look forward to working with the next administration to ensure that Americans have access to abundant and affordable energy.”
Interior Department Announces Draft Strategy for Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing
Regionally-tailored plan continues balanced approach to leasing, development; Draft proposal would protect sensitive resources, makes available nearly 80% of estimated undiscovered technically recoverable oil and gas resources on U.S. Outer Continental Shelf
WASHINGTON, DC – As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper today announced the next step in the development of the nation's Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017-2022.
The Draft Proposed Program (DPP) includes 14 potential lease sales in eight planning areas – 10 sales in the Gulf of Mexico, three off the coast of Alaska, and one in a portion of the Mid- and South Atlantic.
“The safe and responsible development of our nation’s domestic energy resources is a key part of the President’s efforts to support American jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” said Secretary Jewell. “This is a balanced proposal that would make available nearly 80 percent of the undiscovered technically recoverable resources, while protecting areas that are simply too special to develop.”
Release of the draft is an early step in a multi-year process to develop a final offshore leasing program for 2017-2022. Before the program is finalized, the public will continue to have multiple opportunities to provide input. Today’s draft proposal was informed by more than 500,000 comments from a wide variety of stakeholders and states.
“The draft proposal prioritizes development in the Gulf of Mexico, which is rich in resources and has well-established infrastructure to support offshore oil and gas programs,” added Jewell. “We continue to consider oil and gas exploration in the Arctic and propose for further consideration a new area in the Atlantic Ocean, and we are committed to gathering the necessary science and information to develop resources the right way and in the right places. We look forward to continuing to hear from the public as we work to finalize the proposal.”
The OCS Lands Act requires the Secretary of the Interior to prepare a five-year program that includes a schedule of potential oil and gas lease sales and indicates the size, timing and location of proposed leasing activity as determined to best meet national energy needs, while addressing a range of economic, environmental and social considerations.
BOEM currently manages about 6,000 active OCS leases, covering more than 32 million acres – the vast majority in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2013, OCS oil and gas leases accounted for about 18 percent of domestic oil production and 5 percent of domestic natural gas production. This production generates billions of dollars in revenue for state and local governments and the U.S. taxpayer, while supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs.
A REGIONALLY TAILORED APPROACH
The draft proposal reflects a continuation of the regionally tailored leasing strategies employed in the current 2012-2017 Program that are specific to each planning area. The options in the draft proposal involve sales in offshore areas that have the highest oil and gas resource potential, highest industry interest, or are off the coasts of states that expressed a strong interest in potential energy exploration, while still considering potential environmental impacts, stakeholder concerns, and competing uses of ocean and coastal areas.
Gulf of Mexico:
The draft proposal includes ten sales in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the most productive basins in the world and where oil and gas infrastructure is well established. The draft proposal includes a new approach to lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico by proposing two annual lease sales in the Western, Central, and the portion of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico that is not subject to Congressional moratoria. This shifts from the traditional approach of one sale in the Western and a separate sale in the Central Gulf each year.
“This new approach will allow for BOEM to more effectively balance the sales while providing greater flexibility to industry to invest in the Gulf, particularly given the significant energy reforms recently adopted by the Mexican government,” said BOEM Director Hopper
In Alaska, the draft proposal continues to take a careful approach by utilizing the targeted leasing strategy set forth in the current program, which recognizes the substantial environmental, social and ecological concerns in the Arctic. The draft proposal proposes one sale each in the Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea, and Cook Inlet areas.
Also today, President Obama – using his authorities under the OCS Lands Act – designated portions of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas as off limits from consideration for future oil and gas leasing in order to protect areas of critical importance to subsistence use by Alaska Natives, as well as for their unique and sensitive environmental resources. In December, President Obama used this same authority to place the waters of Bristol Bay off limits to oil and gas development, protecting an area known for its world-class fisheries and stunning beauty.
“We know the Arctic is an incredibly unique environment, so we’re continuing to take a balanced and careful approach to development,” said Jewell. “At the same time, the President is taking thoughtful action to protect areas that are critical to the needs of Alaska Natives and wildlife.”
Four of the five areas withdrawn today by President Obama were previously excluded from leasing in the current 2012-2017 oil and gas program; three of the five were also excluded by the prior administration. Those areas include the Barrow and Kaktovik whaling areas in the Beaufort Sea, and a 25-mile coastal buffer and subsistence areas in the Chukchi Sea. The withdrawal also includes the biologically rich Hanna Shoal area in the Chukchi Sea, which has not previously been excluded from leasing. Extensive scientific research has found this area to be of critical importance to many marine species, including Pacific walruses and bearded seals.
The proposed Alaska sales would be scheduled late in the program to provide additional opportunity to gather and evaluate information regarding environmental issues, subsistence use needs, infrastructure capabilities, and results from any exploration activity associated with existing leases from previous sales.
The draft proposal invites public comment on one potential lease sale late in the program for a portion of the Mid- and South Atlantic OCS, which includes areas offshore Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia.
“At this early stage in considering a lease sale in the Atlantic, we are looking to build up our understanding of resource potential, as well as risks to the environment and other uses,” said Jewell.
The potential lease sale would require a 50-mile coastal buffer to minimize multiple use conflicts, such as those from Department of Defense and NASA activities, renewable energy activities, commercial and recreational fishing, critical habitat needs for wildlife and other environmental concerns.
The July 2014 Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on Atlantic Geological and Geophysical activities furthered the Atlantic area strategy by establishing a path forward to update information on the region’s offshore oil and gas resources, which is more than 30 years old. Today’s proposal is in line with comments received from adjacent states and reflects the Administration’s thoughtful approach to potential lease sales in new areas, pending further public review and comment.
Areas off the Pacific coast are not included in this draft proposal, consistent with the long-standing position of the Pacific coast states opposed to oil and gas development off their coast.
“Public input is a critical part of our process and we encourage citizens and groups to provide comments to help guide our decisions,” said Hopper. “We anticipate robust dialogue with stakeholders in the coming months that will help us prepare a program that emphasizes protection of the marine environment and coastal economies and uses the best available science and technology to inform our decision-making.”
In conjunction with the announcement of the DPP, the Department is also publishing a Notice of Intent to Develop a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Following significant public comment and environmental review, the Department will prepare a Draft EIS and Proposed Program, and a Final EIS with the Proposed Final Program (PFP).
The Request for Information, published on June 16, 2014, began a process of broad consideration of all 26 areas of the OCS that are available for leasing and gradually narrows as a result of many stages of public comment and environmental analysis. This DPP is the first such narrowing. Prior to any individual lease sale in the future, BOEM will continue to incorporate new scientific information and stakeholder feedback in its environmental reviews to further refine the geographic scope of the lease areas.
The Draft Proposed Program and the Notice of Intent to Develop a Draft Environmental Impact Statement will be available for public comment for 60 days following the publication of the documents in the Federal Register.
For more information, including maps, please visit: http://www.boem.gov/Five-Year-Program/
President Obama this weekend announced plans to designate 12.3 million additional acres on Alaska’s North Slope as wilderness. This new designation – which should not be possible by virtue of ANILCA’s “no more” wilderness clauses – would be on top of the seven million wilderness acres already within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The president is “very proud” of himself, but maybe you heard – most Alaskans do not share that feeling. From what we’ve heard, most Alaskans agree with Sen. Murkowski, who expressed genuine anger onSunday nightin the wake of the first of several anti-Alaska energy actions that the Obama Administration plans to take.
As is typical, the White House couldn’t imagine why anyone would disagree with its political choices. Counselor John Podesta even tried to declare that Senator Murkowski’s strong response was not “warranted”as part of a statement clearly confirming that it was.
That leaves us with a question: if Sen. Murkowski’s response was not “warranted,” what about the reactions of other Alaskans? What does the White House think when a Democratic member of the Alaska State House of Representatives, an Alaska Native who represents the Arctic, expresses his own shock and disappointment over the president’s announcement?
Ben Nageak is a Democrat. He is an Alaska Native. He is an elected representative of the people who actually live in and around ANWR. He is angry about the White House’s ANWR plans, too. And, in a post yesterday on an Alaska news blog, he told it exactly as it is.
Mr. Negeak’s entire op-ed is included below.
So, Mr. Podesta, what do you think: was Ben Negeak’s reaction also unwarranted?
KTUU: Alaska Native desires for ANWR fall on deaf ears thousands of miles away
by Ben Nageak
Alaska Natives have been fighting for access to the lands and resources within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge since the Congress enacted the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act more than 30 years ago.
President Barack Obama and his lieutenants at the Interior Department will permanently harm our people and all Alaskans with his colonial attitude and decision-making. We were promised through ANILCA and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the opportunity to self-govern and build our own futures to some extent, through the formation of regional and village corporations, and the selection of lands to manage.
My people, the Inupiaq, have been harvesting the region’s renewable resources since time immemorial, and it’s time the federal government quit tying our hands behind our backs. Let us have access to our lands, for the betterment of our people, the state and the nation as a whole.
It’s terrifying to see the extent by which our pleas for time and a fair airing of our views fall on deaf ears five thousand miles away. President Obama said ANWR has supported native communities, and he’s right. Where he is wrong, very wrong, is in his interpretation that ANWR is fragile.
Our land in the north is resilient, hard, unrelenting. We have adapted to coexist with it and its wildlife over millennia. President Obama’s decision, locking up 12.8 million acres, only serves to further reduce our stewardship role, and the 10-02 set aside, which was specifically singled out due to its rich oil and gas potential.
Now, let us better support our children and grandchildren by responsibly developing our resources. We have been careful stewards of our fish and game resources for as long as our history is recorded – the State of Alaska has some of the strictest and rigorous environmental controls on the planet. We have proven that we can and will act responsibly.
Our people and our state need access to that oil and gas to heat our homes and buildings, power our snow machines and four wheelers, and earn revenues to support our core community services. The area outlined for development is similar in size to Reagan National Airport in the president’s backyard; its impact will be less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the total Coastal Plain.
We have been advocating the opening of ANWR for decades, and our voice and our values have not changed, only the marionettes in Washington, D.C.
Our frustration grows with every passing season, as the Section 10-02 and 10-03 language is a ticking clock to when all of ANWR must be managed as Wilderness. We must establish and allow for exploration and development now, when it can help us secure our future and contribute the resource to our state and nation.
We will work with our congressional delegation and governor to continue to make our voice heard. I’m, personally, sad that proposal has come forward. It only strengthens my resolve to continue speaking out. AllAlaskans must join in and present a unified voice asking for inclusion in the process and honory our statehood and ANCSA/ANILCA promises.
From our friends at the North Slope Borough, courtesy of David (D.J.) Fauske
North Slope Borough Decries Interior Department Plans for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Wilderness Designations
(Barrow, AK)—“Today’s announcement by the Department of the Interior represents the worst of Washington politics,” announced Mayor Charlotte Brower (NGP Photo). “These types of paternalistic, executive fiats seem to be more appropriate for Andrew Jackson’s administration than Barack Obama’s.
The people of the North Slope have been unequivocal in their opposition to further Wilderness designations in ANWR. How ironic is this decision on the heels of this week’s earlier Executive Order calling for federal agencies to consult more with Alaska Native people over arctic issues.”
Mayor Brower made her remarks shortly after reading the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement and watching President Obama’s video message. The North Slope Borough had expressed its opposition to any further Wilderness designations within ANWR through written comments submitted to the Wildlife Service in 2011.
“We would like to invite President Obama and Secretary Jewell to travel to ANWR and meet with the people who actually live there before proposing these types of sweeping land designations,” remarked Mayor Brower. “They might learn that the Inupiat people, who have lived on and cared for these lands for millennia, have no interest in living like relics in a giant, open-air museum. Rather, they hope to have the same rights and privileges enjoyed by people across the rest of the country.”
Urgent note from our friends at the Alaska Support Industry Alliance.
Our emailed submission:
Please register this as a voice in support of the proposed Donlin Mine and its associated gas pipeline.
The pipeline enables the favorable economics developed by Donlin management and serves the public interest.
A critical advantage is that rural residents will be given a new energy lifeline at the most reasonable possible price for fuel. Furthermore, provision of numerous well paying, local jobs is a project component desperately needed in the proximity of the mine and its pipeline.
Regulatory Commission of Alaska (Retired)
DEADLINE Tomorrow, January 28th, is the deadline for comments to the State Pipeline Coordinator’s Office supporting the right-of-way application that Donlin Gold has submitted for their gas pipeline from Cook Inlet to the proposed project site.
In addition to providing energy for the Donlin project, the pipeline has the potential to offer local communities access to stable energy should they choose to tie into the pipeline in the future.More information about the pipeline and right-of-way request can be found on Donlin’s website at www.donlingold.com
Comments may be sent via mail, email or fax to:
State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources
State Pipeline Coordinator’s Office
411 West 4th Avenue, Suite 2
Anchorage, AK 99501
Here's a reader letter: You're a great American, Steve!
From: Connelly, Stephen
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 11:04 AM
Subject: Donlin Gold Gas Pipeline Right of Way
To: DNR State Pipeline Coordinator’s Office
I am writing to support Donlin Gold’s right of way request for a gas pipeline from Cook inlet to the proposed Donlin Gold project site. In addition to supplying a source of energy for the Donlin project, it will also bring natural gas closer to rural Alaska and offer a potentially lower cost energy option. Coupled with the jobs to be created by the Donlin project and the pipeline construction, the gas pipeline will be a tremendous benefit to the residents of that region.
Since the pipeline will be buried, the environmental impact will be negligible. This pipeline will be a win-win for the State of Alaska in a region with few job opportunities and a high cost of living.
11860 Nebesna Dr.
Anchorage, AK 99507
The decline in oil drilling that has occurred so far across the United States is probably enough to ensure U.S. production peaks by April or May, though that might not be evident until June or July given delays in publishing production records. If the number of active rigs continues to decline in...
A Good Father Figure
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young will hold a press conference today at 2 p.m. in the Senate Radio and TV gallery to respond to the Obama administration’s efforts to lock up millions of acres of the nation’s richest oil and natural gas prospects on the Arctic coastal plain and move to block development of Alaska’s offshore resources.
We will report.... -dh
For those keeping a close eye on the Alaska economy, Alaskanomics produced this report today:
The Department of Labor and Workforce Development release its monthly unemployment numbers on Friday. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was down to 6.3 percent. The national rate was 5.6 percent for the same period. Alaska’s unadjusted rate was also at 6.3 percent for December.
The Municipality of Anchorage and the North Slope Borough were the only areas that did not have an increase in the unemployment rate. Anchorage is less subject to seasonal shifts and the North Slope Borough saw an increase with winter construction. The North Slope Borough has the lowest unemployment in the State at 3.7 percent, while Hoonah-Angoon Census Area has the highest with 21.6 percent.
Yesterday as I was considering the President's continuing and escalating attack on Alaska's statehood act, constitution and people my mind wandered to how other presidents would be acting.
I first thought of the "Father" of the United States, George Washington. He endured great hardship with his troops. He left family behind to fight the nation's enemies. He protected his people and defended them against internal and external threats. And, he refused to become "President for life" when the people urged him to do so.
I think of Abraham Lincoln, the father of American unity who poured his energy, soul and his very life into service of his country.
And, I think of their mutual devotion to our Creator, without whom the country could not have achieved maturity and without whom the country cannot long remain great or even exist.
Then, I think of our current president who vacations while his people fight; who deceives the people on all manner of domestic issues; who aligns himself with communists, socialists and anarchists bent on destruction of America's way of life; who will not come to the aid of soldiers and diplomats locked in mortal combat and hesitates not to leave them behind to the cruel devices of our enemies; who claims credit for energy and economic accomplishments occurring in spite of his contrary efforts; who actively blocks energy, mining, timber and other multiple use, wealth and job producing activity on public lands...and so much more.
One asks, when the president of a country birthed in sacrifice and devotion to Christian service separates himself from that legacy, what can the future hold for citizens?
None of us is perfect. Presidents aren't perfect. And, regular fathers of families are imperfect, too.
Perfection in our presidents and our fathers is not the issue. The issue is the purpose, devotion and example of life set for a father's children or a president's citizenry.
On this side let's say you have a father who acknowledges his imperfection yet strives with devotion to his heavenly Father to care for, protect and guide his children to healthy, adult outcomes.
And, on this side, you have a proud, imperfect father who does not seek the kingdom of heaven, scorns it and thereby neglects the time honored rules of the spirit and of living. Can he with that lack of foundation care for, protect and guide his children to healthy adult outcomes?
If a president consorts with those who would deprive his children of freedom and the opportunity of free enterprise can that be called protection?
If a president demonizes opponents to win an argument, can that lead citizens to healthy outcomes?
If a president seeks luxury while his citizens suffer in war or other depravations, can he be said to nobly guide them?
Enough of the Father analogies. They might just as well have been "mother" analogies or "cousin" analogies.
The point is this. We don't have much choice about the family into which we are born. We do get to have the leadership we elect. If the majority of Americans supports the kind of leadership we have, it will continue and its goals will change the culture and nature of the nation.
If the majority comes to believe that the traditional values of founding Fathers are critical to America's future, America might prosper, survive and enjoy a continuing mantle of protection.
For one, I am for good father and mother figures as defined above and reject the alternative.
It remains to be seen if the majority of my fellow citizens agree or prefer the new direction upon which we are now embarked.
One way leads to historically proven, laudable, protected and peaceful outcomes. The other way, history shows, leads to dictatorship, misery and loss of freedom.
It's time to make a choice and act upon it.
(NGP Photos, Left to right: Governor Bill Walker, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Dan Sullivan, Congressman Don Young)
REPORT ALERT: Federal Government Makes Economic War On Alaska and All American Consumers
While Alaskans have a right to be outraged that their statehood birthright and economic future are now threatened, AMERICAN CONSUMERS EVERYWHERE will feel the pain as this Administration continues to violate the spirit and fact of due process and threatens the very rule of law protecting every citizen.
Today, Robert Dillon of Senator Lisa Murkowski's Energy Committee office dispatched a somewhat unprecedented weekend news release reflecting an immediate and unified response to an imperial, federal action.
Signed by Governor Bill Walker and the entire Alaska Congressional Delegation, the SUNDAY announcement read: "Obama, Jewell Declaring War on Alaska’s Future!"
It should be called, "Obama's Sunday War On Alaska".
Today, the President took took careful aim then leveled a surprise, Sunday punch on the state of Alaska, the Congress and all American consumers -- while announcing more attacks are coming.
According to a Sunday press release, the Obama administration plans to manage a strip of land on Alaska's already protected northern coast Refuge as wilderness while recommending to Congress that the designation become law.
Long managed as a restricted use Wildlife Range, in 1980 Congress enacted the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) which converted the Arctic National Wildlife Range into the more restricted "Refuge" status.
|Our friend and senior energy analyst, James Halloran (NGP Photo), was moved this weekend as well to comment on the President's Sunday Alaska announcement. He is one American that most Alaskans would agree, "knows what he is talking about". Read more....|
That law then went on to include a "no more" clause requiring that the federal government not ever again by administrative action designate Alaska wilderness without an act of Congress.
ANILCA also expressed the clear will of Congress that the approximately 5% of the 19 million acre ANWR, called the "coastal plain", be specifically available for oil and gas development upon further action by Congress.
Thus, the intent of Congress could not have been clearer that 1) no future administration could outlaw coastal plain energy development and 2) that the administration was not free to establish more Alaskan wilderness areas by fiat.
This matter of reasonable access to federal as well as state lands is critical for a couple reasons dealing with the Alaska Statehood Act passed by Congress in 1958 and signed into law by President Eisenhower in 1959. The Act was created by what is commonly thought of as a 'compact' involving a 1) plebiscite of Alaska's citizens, 2) approval of Alaska's constitution and 3) approval by Congress and the President. The Statehood Act narrowly passed based on the conviction that Alaska could make a living from its natural resources. The state constitution was based on the economic expectation of resource development. Finally, the vote of citizens could not have occurred without the expectation of access to state lands in addition to state sharing of revenue derived from resource development of federal lands.
Adding more insult too injury, last week the President issued an executive order affecting the Arctic, knowing that Alaska is America's only Arctic state. Alaska is adjacent to perhaps as much as 20% of the world's remaining oil and gas reserves. While Canada and Russia along with the half-dozen other Arctic nations are seeking to establish and hold jurisdiction over this wealth, the US executive order focuses mainly on the administration's key, domestic pre-occupation: global warming. Thus, Alaskans are afraid of a federal government that created this new executive order:
- on top of a previous, executive order requiring the zoning of human behavior on America's ocean areas,
- on top of EPA overreach and lawlessness that we have documented,
- on top of improper use of the Endangered Species Act, which we have documented, etc.,
Our readers can therefore understand why Alaskans now feel deeply betrayed by the federal government (Hear the late Governor and former Interior Secretary Walter Hickel describe federal abuses, NGP Photo). Alaskans' livelihoods were dependent on resource development from the very birth of their state. Since 1959, thousands of additional federal laws, regulations and rulings have deeply diluted the ability of the state to financially survive. We have documented in this webpage a litany of federal abuses that even erode due process protections of the U.S. Constitution, the underpinning of the Alaska statehood compact and the very concept of America's reliance on, "Rule of Law". We feel like the bystander watching a sly cook slowly raising the temperature of a pot of water containing hapless citizens of a former, pioneering state.
It should not also be forgotten that a state 1/5th the size of the nation is not only full of natural beauty, but also with energy, strategic minerals, rare earth elements, fish, timber, and tourism related resources that have and could continue to provide untold wealth to the citizens of the country without materially affecting the natural wonders.
So here we are on this lovely weekend, after church and expecting a quiet walk, when we and the world hear that the White House, without warning, has declared economic war on Alaska by violating the will of Congress imbedded in ANILCA on top of the continuing pattern of abusive authoritarianism.
Alaska's Governor, two U.S. Senators and lone member of the House of Representatives all reacted bitterly to the administrative action today.
We can certainly expect more announcements and news conferences from Alaska officials in the days ahead.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 25, 2015
ROBERT DILLON (202) 224 6977 (MURKOWSKI) MIKE ANDERSON (202) 223 7132 (SULLIVAN) MATT SHUCKEROW (202) 412 8533 (YOUNG) GRACE JANG (907) 957 9451 (WALKER)
Obama, Jewell Declaring War on Alaska’s Future
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alaska’s Congressional Delegation and Gov. Bill Walker today denounced President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for launching an unprecedented assault on Alaska that will have long-lasting effects on the state’s economy and the nation’s energy security.
In coordination with the White House, Secretary Jewell will announce this week – starting today – that she will lock up millions of acres of the nation’s richest oil and natural gas prospects on the Arctic coastal plain and move to block development of Alaska’s offshore resources. The administration is also weighing additional actions in the near future that would prevent new production in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
“What’s coming is a stunning attack on our sovereignty and our ability to develop a strong economy that allows us, our children and our grandchildren to thrive,” Sen. Murkowski said. “It’s clear this administration does not care about us, and sees us as nothing but a territory. The promises made to us at statehood, and since then, mean absolutely nothing to them. I cannot understand why this administration is willing to negotiate with Iran, but not Alaska. But we will not be run over like this. We will fight back with every resource at our disposal.”
“This outrageous action confirms what most Alaskans have feared – that the Obama administration’s war against Alaska families and the middle class would only intensify under the final two years of President Obama’s tenure. But Alaskans have been in tough battles before. We will defeat their lawless attempt to designate ANWR as a wilderness, as well as their ultimate goal of making Alaska one big national park. This decision disregards the rule of law and our constitution and specifically ignores many promises made to Alaska in ANICLA. It is just one more example of President Obama thumbing his nose at the citizens of a sovereign state – and will put Alaska and America’s energy security in serious jeopardy,” Sen. Sullivan said. “I stand united with Sen. Murkowski, Congressman Young, Governor Walker and the members of the Alaska State Legislature to vigilantly safeguard and defend our fellow Alaskans’ interests, and I pledge to do everything in my power to fight back against this assault on Alaska’s economic future.”
“This callously planned and politically motivated attack on Alaska by the Obama administration is akin to spitting in our faces and telling us it’s raining outside. As if on command from the most extreme environmentalist elements, this president and his team of D.C. bureaucrats believe they alone know what’s best for Alaska, but this brazen assault on our state and our people will do the complete opposite,” Rep. Young said. “Every time the president undermines the law of the land, he breaks his oath of office and weakens the nation we love. This latest move, in clear violation of ANILCA’s 'no more' clause, and despite the fierce opposition of every Alaska statewide elected official and the vast majority of our people, demonstrates that the Imperial Presidency of Barack Obama knows no bounds. Simply put, this wholesale land grab, this widespread attack on our people and our way of life, is disgusting.”
The Interior Department plans to immediately begin managing the 1.5 million acre coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) as wilderness – adding to the 18 million acres of ANWR already designated wilderness. This management status will prohibit even motorized access to the coastal plain.
Gov. Walker was outraged by the Obama administration’s actions at a time when the state is drawing down more than $10 million from savings every day due to low oil prices and declining production despite having more than 40 billion barrels of untapped resources, mostly in federal areas where oil and gas activity is blocked or restricted.
“Having just given to Alaskans the State of the State and State of the Budget addresses, it’s clear that our fiscal challenges in both the short and long term would benefit significantly from increased oil production,” Gov. Walker said. “This action by the federal government is a major setback toward reaching that goal. Therefore, I will consider accelerating the options available to us to increase oil exploration and production on state-owned lands. This further underscores the need for Alaska to become a participant in the infrastructure development for the benefit of all North Slope participants and the residents of Alaska.”
Wilderness status would permanently place off-limits the United States’ most promising onshore oil prospect and severely restrict access for subsistence hunters and other uses of the area. Under the terms of the 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), additional wilderness designations are barred in Alaska without the express approval of Congress.
Secretary Jewell also said that President Obama plans to indefinitely withdraw areas in the offshore Arctic from oil and gas leasing in the new five-year plan being released later this week, which will effectively ban development in large swaths of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. It is unclear how these new restrictions will affect areas already under lease by Shell, ConocoPhillips and Statoil.
Sen. Murkowski is chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, which together have oversight of the Interior Department’s underlying legislative authority, nominations, and budget.
“These decisions simply cannot be allowed to stand,” Sen. Murkowski said. “I have tried to work with this administration – even though they’ve made it extremely difficult every step of the way – but those days are officially over. We are left with no choice but to hit back as hard as we can.”
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James Haloran. We try to stay away from political commentary in this corner, as there are a huge number of political blogs and news sources that cover that front ad nauseum. Also, the points at which politics falls tangentially against the Energy world can usually be dealt with generically; one does not have to name specific entities or given parties, since neither party holds the copyright on stupidity when it comes to Energy matters.
Occasionally, however, some politician or party requires some comment. Today the Narcissist-in Chief has proposed to extend further designation of major parts of the Alaska Natural Wildlife Refuge as wilderness area. He will need congressional approval to do this, which is unlikely to happen with a Republican congress. But he is also planning to rework the rules of the Interior Department in such a way that future development will be almost impossible. This will include offshore drilling in Alaska.
We could spend a lot of words analyzing this move, but let us try to do it an few bullet points.
- As for the danger to wildlife in northernmost Alaska, the caribou herd size has fluctuated in recent years, but none of the fluctuation has had anything to do with oil and gas production in Prudhoe Bay. The herd size actually rose dramatically in the first few years after oil began flowing in 1974, and is still much larger than it was at that time. The threat to wildlife argument is just smoke.
- There are already sizeable roadblocks to production from ANWR. It is estimated that it could take as long as 13-15 years to develop a major amount of ANWR production, counting permitting, exploration, development, and especially litigation from such groups as the NRDC. The only reason Prudhoe Bay got developed when it did was the Native Claims Settlement Act (1973) precluded environmental litigation; all claims were to arbitrated through the Interior Department. No surprise that almost no claims appeared, since the lawyers could not figure out a way to profit from arbitration. Such a preclusion is unlikely to happen again, since the Democratic Party is a majority-owned subsidiary of the tort lawyers.
- If it becomes designated a wilderness area, there is no way congress could ever find the backbone to reverse it. As we noted, such a designation is unlikely, but Obama’s minions will set up such a rule-making process as to make it de facto a wilderness region.
- To save this is for “future generations” is also baloney. Besides the fact that the region gets almost no visitors, it would get no more (or fewer) if it were a wilderness area, given the severe restrictions on even using a chain saw in such a designated area. As one site about travel there says: “ANWR isn’t like a national park: Visitors will not find hiking trails, facilities or visitor centers. Snow covers the refuge nine months of the year and air travel is the only way in or out, making the remote refuge seem like the last frontier. Visiting the park requires advance planning and understanding of survival techniques.” Also, the Alaska North Slope is notorious for a massive quantity of large, voracious mosquitoes.
Few people understand the size and nature of the area involved. To put in perspective, we generally describe it this way in presentations:
- ANWR is about the size of the State of Ohio (see the maps below), most of which is glorious mountains and river-filled valleys. None of this mountain area is conducive to drilling, nor is it likely to have much oil and gas that would be commercial. In any event, it is essentially already off limits.
- Following this analogy, the ANWR Coastal Plain bordering the Beaufort Sea is roughly akin to the six counties in Ohio that border on Lake Erie, in terms of location and size. It is a fairly small part of ANWR, just as these are six counties in Ohio out of 88 in total, and not terribly scenic. It is roughly akin to a desert on which millions (billions?) of huge mosquitoes swarm every summer.
- Diving down one step further, the foot print of the infrastructure needed to develop oil in the Coastal Plain area would probably fit into the area from Public Square in Cleveland out to E. 55th Street, although it would be spread out over a larger area. Thus we are talking of a footprint of perhaps 30 square miles (very much on the high side), counting pipelines if all the equipment is pushed together, out of 30,136 square miles total for ANWR. This is 1/10 of 1% of the space, below inconsequential.
In the meantime, throughput through the Alaska Pipeline continues to dwindle. From its high of 2 million bpd, it is now operating at about 550,000 bpd. The pipeline is uneconomic below 350,000 bpd, and at some point more oil will have to be sourced, or the US will lose a major source of its daily oil. Given the lead time it will take to develop alternative sources, the proposed benching of any consideration of ANWR by the Socialist-in-Chief is particularly curious. This is akin to the curious timing of the lifeline Obama extended to Cuba at the time just when it became apparent Venezuela could no longer give aid to the communist island.
This occurs at the same time Obama tries to take credit for the growth of oil production in the US during his reign, even as access to federal lands has been cut, and regulations have gotten more onerous. When confronted about this contradiction on one of the talk shows this morning, one of Obama’s minions, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, said that the administration takes the hit for things that do not work even if (it believes) it had nothing to do with it, why not take credit when something works?
Of course this proposal is just part of a process to gin up the base for the 2016 election, but the American public is being used as the juniper berries.
There are 726 days left. God help the United States of America
The Hill. Obama proposes more protections against drilling in Alaska refuge
By Timothy Cama - 01/25/15 12:01 PM EST
President Obama will ask Congress to enact further protection’s for the remote wilderness area in Alaska’s northern reaches in an effort to stop any potential oil or natural gas drilling there.
Alaska’s all-Republican congressional delegation immediate lambasted the plan as a “war on Alaska’s future.”
Obama announced the proposal in a video from Air Force One on his trip to India. More....http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/230664-obama-proposes-more-protections-against-drilling-in-alaska-refuge
James R. Halloran
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Points of personal privilege: on this beautiful Sunday, we note the following personal items and leave you witha poetic prayer.
1. Kudos to all but a big hug and kiss to Nancy for a career of accomplishment far above and beyond any call of duty! -dh
From the Arctic Sounder:
'Last week seven directors of various nonprofits in the state were awarded a six-month break through the Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Program.
The recipients come from five communities across the state and include professionals in arts, and health and social services.
"Among them are Guy Adams, who is the CEO of the Northwest Inupiat Housing Authority in Kotzebue, and Marie Carroll who is the executive director of the Arctic Slope Native Association in Barrow. Also receiving the award were Nancy Harbour of Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage, Marcia Howell of the Alaska Injury Prevention Center in Anchorage, Laurie Kari who runs the Mat-Su Valley Interfaith Hospitality Network DBA Family Promise Mat-Su in Wasilla, Rebecca Shields of the Kodiak Women's Resource and Crisis Center in Kodiak and Pauline Smith who runs the Alaska Literacy Program in Anchorage". http://www.thearcticsounder.com/…/1504arctic_executives_awa…
2. Today we pursue our typical Sunday schedule: exercise; good healthy, natural breakfast; an hour with our friend, Dr. Charles Stanley; and, an hour at our church.
In thanking you for being our reader, we must state an acknowledgement that we are imperfect in perhaps all ways but strive toward that lofty goal from waking at dawn to time for blissful sleep come evening. We also acknowledge that in the 'striving' we are also imperfect.
God bless you and yours.
Email response to two Kenai Peninsula NGP Readers who constantly give us nourishing feedback.
To: B & A C.......
You light up my life and keep my spirits high! Thank you.
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"DAVE HARBOUR" <firstname.lastname@example.org>Cc:
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KEEP UP YOUR GREAT WORK, DAVE HARBOUR!
DAVE . . . SO MUCH NEWS APPEARS ALL OVER THE MEDIA BUT WE CANNOT ALWAYS TRUST THAT THE DETAILS ARE ACCURATE . . .SO . . . WE ARE VERY “INSPIRED” AND VERY LUCKY. . .TO HAVE YOUR COLUMN.
WE KNOW YOU ARE PROVIDING IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALASKANS/AMERICANS . . . and we hope you CONTINUE TO SHARE THESE DETAILS!!!
YES, DAVE . . .A. AND I TRULY BELIEVE THAT GOD BOOSTS OUR MORALE BY SENDING SOMEONE LIKE YOU WHO BELIEVES IN KEEPING OUR AMERICA FOCUSED ON GOD’S PLANS! KEEP INSPIRING US, DAVE!!!