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Government betraying the public's trust

Posted: January 30, 2012 - 9:39am

The Parnell administration is deliberate and consistent in its betrayal of the public trust.  Across state government in nearly every department, cronyism and special interest have taken the place of science-based management and working for the good of the public.

Parnell himself hammers a constant drumbeat of giving immense tax breaks to the oil companies for nothing in return but empty promises. The same oil companies, who year after year report record profits, hide those profits overseas and in tax loopholes and generally pay next to nothing in income tax. Alaska already receives less tax revenue per barrel of oil than many other large oil producing nations, including Norway, Russia, Libya, Kazakhstan, Angola, China and Venezuela.

The Department of Fish and Game has made the headline news frequently with glaring examples of ballot-box biology and cronyism. We now have a Commissioner of Fish and Game with only a degree in education. We had, until recently, Corey Rossi (a Palin crony) as the Director of Wildlife Conservation, with no credentials at all. The Board of Game just authorized aerial wolf hunting on the Kenai Peninsula to fix a problem that was clearly identified as a habitat issue. Killing wolves to increase moose browse has a logical disconnect as wide as the Gulf of Alaska.

The Board of Fisheries has similar ethical issues. This board sets policy for the second largest industry in the State. The chairman (a Palin crony) and several other equally unqualified board members repeatedly and willfully ignore the best available science in their decision-making process. The negative consequences of these bad management decisions will be felt long into the future.

The Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources just changed the department's mission statement and removed the words "conserve and enhance natural resources for present and future Alaskans." This action subverts the public trust by placing short-term gain over sustainability.

Elected officials bear both a moral and a fiduciary responsibility to the people they represent. The Parnell administration fails in both. Betrayal of the public trust should be more than a moral issue; it should be a criminal violation. Alaska state legislators would do well to craft a law that protects the public from this type of corruption before more damage is done. 

Our future will depend on it.

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AKNATUREGUY 01/30/12 - 01:10 pm
Recall Parnell, BOG, Cora Campbell, Dan Sullivan

Great job, Erik!! Well said.

The Parnell administration is stealing and destroying our valuable natural resources. Parnell needs to go; as does the rest of his cowboy cronies!

Get involved to help protect and conserve our great natural resources before Parnell destroys everything.

Norseman 01/30/12 - 04:27 pm
I just cannot believe that an

I just cannot believe that an Average Alaskan thinks it is "ok" to keep giving tax breaks to the richest businesses this world has ever seen.
They keep making record profit after record profit, have spent billions lobbying poilitcans, take 20 plus years to reach oil disaster settlements, and yet spew the garbage that they can't make it in AK due to the tax structure.

Tax em at a fair rate, and if they don't like it, let em go drill in Venezula. Someone will always fill the void. There is trillions of money to be made yet in Alaska. Stop the politicans from giving away our resources to the richest corporations on this planet.
When our citizens elect an ex-oil lobbyist as Governor, big oil will always be at the reins. Someday Alaskans need to wake up and smell the coffee.

swimming upstream
swimming upstream 01/30/12 - 05:21 pm
Grassroots Group against the giveaway

There are plenty of average Alaskans who DO NOT think it is ok to giveaway our revenue to the oil companies. Find out more @
This is a growing statewide grassroots group. They are educating others and asking everyone to stand up for Alaska.

spwright 01/30/12 - 05:35 pm
No Change 1/30/12

Mon. 1/30/12
The Brutally Honest Truth:
Nothing will ever Change & Things will REMAIN THE SAME

All of the ranting & raving won't change a thing until we have a Voter Turn-Out of over 20 %

The same Alaskans just Keep RE-ELECTING the SAME POLITICIANS, year after year, decade after decade.

INSANITY is defined as doing the same thing over & over again & again & expecting different results.

& Guess What ! The Un-Declared Independent Alaskan has the Worst Voting Record of All Alaskans. They do NOT Vote.

I know that You did NOT wanna hear that but It's The Truth.

SPW "Airborne"

spwright 01/30/12 - 05:40 pm
Senate Q House District 33 Kasilof

Mon. 1/30/12 Here's another Proud Fact :

Senate Dist. Q House District 33 Kasilof
Polling Place: Soldotna Sports Center

Has THE WORST VOTER TURN-OUT of All Voting Districts !

SPW North Echo Lake Road Sloooooowdotna

akal 01/30/12 - 05:51 pm
vote out the cronies

we have to vote out the crony capitalist politicians , if big oil doesn't like the tax rate, independents will, for years almost no new oil or gas was being produced here but now that some new small oil companies have arrived they are producing both. this points to the truth, big oil was sitting on the resource waiting for a better deal. let's not give it to them . everyone needs to vote on the next election and vote out the cronies !

Norseman 01/31/12 - 08:57 am
Exxon mobil rakes in 9.4 billion 4th qtr

In one quarter, exxon mobil made more than the entire country of Bermudas GDP.

Read this link

Why on gawds green earth would any Alaskan purposely give these oil giants handouts? Why on earth does our ex oil lobbysit governor want to provide give away tax breaks?
Why on earth are Alaskans not standing up to big oil and saying "Enough is Enough?"

This fiasco has went beyond incredulous. What is it going to take for Alaskans to realize that we are being bent over the barrell and we are not going to take it anymore?

When all you read and see is record profit each quarter, year after year, and then see how our oil puppet governoris plying for more tax breaks, it is time to wake up and smell the coffee.


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