Reader: Enough is enough

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2008

What we know.

We know Gov. Palin is 1) pretty; 2) intelligent; 3) articulate; 4) honest; and 5) sanguinary because: 1) Vogue magazine said so; 2) that's what separates her from some previous governors; 3) her stated words recently, when Frank Murkowski offered to help out with the gas pipeline contract; 4) one of her first acts, when elected, was to propose a new ethics bill for the Legislative and Executive branches; and 5) like Murkowski, she's a staunch advocate of aerial wildlife killing.

What we don't know, but hope for, is that she is mentally tough enough, intelligent enough and persistent enough to resist the North Slope oil-gas producers' and their minions' media (brainwashing?) campaigns, their game playing "threats to stop exploration" and their prevailing courtship on the proposed gas pipeline contract, even after they intentionally ignored AGIA.

Usually, when a contractor ignores any of the published criteria in a request for proposal (RFP) for any job, that proposal is summarily rejected.

ConocoPhillips, et al, want "fiscal certainty" in building a gas pipeline and in marketing Alaska's natural gas.

Translated, that means they want assured profits for the next 40 years, which was agreed by former Gov. Frank Murkowski.

This is absurd! All U.S. businesses have risk in their operations and investments.

Even if a natural gas pipeline is achieved soon, a way also must be found to assure marketing of Alaska's North Slope gas, no matter who builds the pipeline. After the North Slope companies have resisted marketing the gas for decades (to obtain higher prices and profits), the state may have to consider canceling its oil-gas leases and expropriating these Alaska-owned natural resources for the benefit of Alaskans?

This may seem a drastic action. However, their ignoring the AGIA law and attempts to "buy" or intimidate our governor and legislators must stop. Enough is enough!

If there are lessons learned(?) in successfully dealing with the Alaska oil-gas industry, the governor should next address the problems in the Alaska mining industry (Pebble, Red Dog, et al). Alaska should not risk further pollution of its clean water, its fisheries, clean air or allow the environmental devastation being wreaked by the mining industries worldwide.

Knowing what we know, nobody in Alaska has plausible deniability of this. And we should not choose to disbelieve history.

Richard Hahn

Soldotna



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