The people of Alaska, and especially the Kenai Peninsula, should be pleased with Gov. Sarah Palin and the timetable she set regarding the building of an Alaska gas pipeline. We must remember this only determines the visible players who have taken a seat at the table. The poker game is just now starting and it will be years before any chips can be cashed in.
The five applicants, Sinopec ZPEB, TransCanada, ANGDA, AGPA and AEnergia LLC, who have anted up to participate in this high stakes gamble, indicate that the governor has proposed the correct game plan. The decision by ConocoPhillips to submit a plan outside of the governor's game indicate their desire to play their own game of one-on-one. All proposals should be fully considered.
For the Kenai Peninsula, our long-term goal must be reliable and affordable gas for peninsula residents, utilities and industry. We must be good stewards of the Alaska people's gas, keep the lights and heat on at an affordable rate of exchange and provide an environment for sustained industrial productivity and jobs. A gas line for the Kenai must be our priority.
We should be wary of any attempt by a foreign government to control our resources and economic future. However, we must also realize that we are part of a global international market and it might be more profitable for our state's citizens.
Great job, Gov. Palin. Let the games begin!
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