Monday, January 09, 2017

With Trump Administration coming into power Alaska delegation sees new opportunity to open ANWR.

Courtesy of the Fairbanks Newsminer:

Another chapter has begun in the decades-long battle over drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. 

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan introduced legislation Friday that would open a section of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to limited oil and gas exploration, according to a news release from the U.S. Senate Energy Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. 

 The proposed Alaska Oil and Gas Production Act would allow development of 2,000 surface acres in the refuge’s coastal plain. When the refuge was expanded and renamed under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980.

1.5 million acres — often referred to as section 1002 — was designated as a deferred oil and gas development sigh that requires congressional approval to be developed. Oil and gas exploration would occur within the 1002 area. 

“For nearly 40 years, Alaskans have proven that we can responsibly develop our natural resources while protecting the environment,” Murkowski said in the news release. “Alaskans overwhelmingly support responsible development in the non-wilderness portion of ANWR and there is no valid reason why we should not be allowed to proceed. Allowing development would create new jobs, reduce our deficits, and protect our national security and competitiveness for a generation.”

Of course as every Alaskan knows this is the holy grail of Alaskan politics, and no politician, on other side of the ideological fence, can be elected without voicing support for the opening of ANWR. 

However the article also mentions that by the time oil was discovered, drilled out of the ground, and ready to send through the pipeline ten years would have passed.

That is ten more years of progress with renewable energy research around the world, ten more years of moving away from fossil fuels, and ten more years of oil prices dropping until it is no longer financially viable to explore and tap new sources of crude oil.

I think that this is a pipe dream. (Pardon the pun.)

I am not saying that it cannot pass with a GOP majority in the House and Senate and Trump in the White House, I am simply saying even if it does pass it is unlikely that Alaska will see any revenue from new oilfields in ANWR.

I also think that many of our politicians already know that and are only playing this game because they feel they have no choice.


  1. Anonymous4:23 AM

    I will never understand the mentality of people that want to destroy one of the last wilderness areas in the world for oil. We don't need more oil.

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  2. Anonymous4:41 AM

    I have heard this BS for decades they are gonna open up ANWR ya ya ya. Aren't they currently holding back production on the slope to lower the amount of oil coming thru the pipeline?

  3. Anonymous4:48 AM

    NO Sorry P, you cannot be my Ambassador to Alaska!

    Who gave you my phone number?

    You had my old phone number and I changed it because everyday you would call for a position in my cabinet.

    No I don't want Wilbow!
    No I don't want that from you!

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  5. Anonymous6:05 AM

    Yes. Look at Alaska Dispatch owner, Alice Rogoff and her husband, David Rubenstein, co founder of The Caryle Group, which is made up of Saudi princes, Bushes, etc. Do you really believe that she brings philanthropy to Native Alaskans?

    Gryphen, I sent you this WP article 2 years ago.

    Bend over Alaska. Time for your dose of "economic prosperity."

    Sarah, great form!! You've been practicing! God bless you.

  6. Anonymous7:16 AM


    Sen. Debbie Stabenow rejects Betsy DeVos as education secretary

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., sat down today with Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s west Michigan pick to be education secretary – but DeVos won’t be getting her vote....

    “Betsy DeVos and her family have a long record of pushing policies that I believe have seriously undermined public education in Michigan and failed our children. Therefore, I cannot support (her).”

    DeVos.... wife of former Amway head Dick DeVos, has long been an advocate of education reform, promoting charter schools and private schools through vouchers and other means that critics say undermine traditional public schools..

  7. Anonymous7:39 AM

    Alaska will be ground ZERO! “enemy of my enemy” thing"
    "Trump seemed to believe that because the Russian president disliked Barack Obama, he and Trump would get along."
    Drumpf ordered: "listen to hours and hours of conservative talk radio and give him reports on what that audience was most interested in. And one of the odd little sidebars of the past few years in the talk radio world was a serious MAN-CRUSH on Vladimir Putin." aka Bud-Sex.
    "emerging Putinphilia showed that the right was just hungry for a real man:" Putin kissed — a 46-pound Pike fish"
    " a Putin-Sarah Palin ticket would lead to a MORE MORAL United States." YEH RIGHT? "dismissing Putin’s corruption and retribution against political opponents as the price of doing business. Still, they found his anti-gay policies and jailing of upstarts like the “sacrilegious” Pussy Riot to be refreshingly A$$ertive." "Putin himself threatens to CUT OFF the testicles of a rude journalist." Putin knows " the value of brutality.” Drumpf >" they deserve it anyway for what they do to us." JIZZ, JIZZ , JIZZ

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    2. Anonymous8:38 AM

      "It’s FUN to think about our surprisingly mixed-up heritage as a species. " papillomavirus (HPV16), one of the most common sexually transmitted infections with 14 million new cases each year in the US ALONE, was also inherited from the Neanderthals."
      Technically, this is known as a host-shift,"
      "the changes we’re wreaking on the planet – will shape the evolution of Homo sapiens in 1,000"

      More like 100 years, but ok..true dat..

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  8. Anonymous8:48 AM

    Let's see. All the white guys in suits got together and planned this worldwide invasion. To save the white race. To pillage the remaining resources of this planet by taking all of the naysayers out of play. And my take on this is that facebook, and other agencies like so, were in on this wide array of ways and means to takeover this planet and do as they damned well please. It has been arranged.


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