Lawmakers in Alaska have awarded a license to Calgary-based TransCanada Corporation
to start building the US $26-billion Alaska Pipeline Project.
Integration of the pipeline with TransCanada's Alberta System
will provide access to markets across the U.S.
"The legislature's decision represents a significant milestone
in advancing this major natural gas pipeline project
to connect stranded U.S. natural gas reserves
to Alaskan and Lower 48 consumers."
DRILL SARAH BABY DRILL
Governor Sarah Palin, who is a Republican, endorsed TransCanada's plan because
an independent pipeline operator would free the state and the North Slope
from the dominance of major oil producers,
in particular BP, ConocoPhillips and Exxon Mobil.
Over the years I've written extensively on "Orwell Today" about how the governments of Canada and the USA are committing treason by allowing foreign ownership and control of our natural resources to Red China and Russia. See, for example, CHINADA'S SOVIETIZATION.
Due to the complicity of all our politicians - from the lowest councillor at city hall to the premiers and governors of provinces and states and up to and including various prime ministers and presidents - I had lost all faith in the political system and haven't voted in any election for years. As a matter of fact, when a politician comes on TV I switch the channel, so repulsed am I by all of them.
But then along came Sarah Palin, a woman who over a fourteen-year period (1992 to 2006) rose through the ranks from city councillor to governor of the biggest and richest state in the Union and when she got there "turned Alaska's political establishment upside down".
In just under two years - the length of time Sarah Palin's been governor - she's set in motion the vehicle whereby she'll make North America self-sufficient in energy from now until hell freezes over (as global-warming climate-changers say it will do).
Sarah Palin's the force behind the building of a pipeline (make that lifeline or umbilical cord) to transport trillions of cubic feet of natural gas from the North Slope of Alaska to the Lower-48 (through north of the 49th).
And what makes it even more wonderful for we in America (that's NORTH America so includes Canada too) is it's a Canadian company who'll be building the pipeline, fulfilling all aspects of Sarah Palin's pledge of "American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers".
Thank you God for Sarah Palin. And drill, baby, drill. ~ Jackie Jura
excerpt from Governor Sarah Palin's address to the Republican National Convention
accepting vice-presidential nomination, September 3, 2008
"...When oil and gas prices went up dramatically, and filled up the state treasury, I sent a large share of that revenue back where it belonged - directly to the people of Alaska. And despite fierce opposition from oil company lobbyists, who kind of liked things the way they were, we broke their monopoly on power and resources. As governor, I insisted on competition and basic fairness to end their control of our state and return it to the people. I fought to bring about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history. And when that deal was struck, we began a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence. That pipeline, when the last section is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart. The stakes for our nation could not be higher.
When a hurricane strikes in the Gulf of Mexico, this country should not be so dependent on imported oil that we are forced to draw from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve. And families cannot throw away more and more of their paychecks on gas and heating oil. With Russia wanting to control a vital pipeline in the Caucasus, and to divide and intimidate our European allies by using energy as a weapon, we cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers. To confront the threat that Iran might seek to cut off nearly a fifth of world energy supplies ... or that terrorists might strike again at the Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia ... or that Venezuela might shut off its oil deliveries ... we Americans need to produce more of our own oil and gas. And take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska: we've got lots of both.
Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America's energy problems - as if we all didn't know that already. But the fact that drilling won't solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all. Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we're going to lay more pipelines ... build more nuclear plants ... create jobs with clean coal ... and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources. We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers.
TransCanada's Alaska pipeline proposal wins license to build
by Richard Gilbert, Journal of Commerce, Aug 13, 2008
Lawmakers in Alaska have awarded a license to Calgary-based TransCanada Corporation to start building the US$26-billion Alaska Pipeline Project. The company announced on Aug. 1 that it has received the support of the Alaska Legislature to move forward. On the same day, the Alaska Legislature signed off on House Bill 3001, which authorizes the government to award the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) license to TransCanada Alaska.
"This is a historic day in Alaska," Governor Sarah Palin said. "Today, with the affirmative vote of both chambers of the Alaska State Legislature, we now begin a lifelong partnership with a company that has shown its true commitment to Alaska’s future."
The approval of the licence by Alaska's state senate follows approval by the state's House of Representatives. The House voted in favour of a bill backed by Governor Palin, that would grant TransCanada a state license. The license allows TransCanada to develop and build a 48-inch diameter, mostly buried pipeline, which will move natural gas 2,700 km from Prudhoe Bay in northern Alaska through northern B.C. to link with the pipeline grid in north western Alberta.
Integration of the pipeline with TransCanada's Alberta System will provide access to markets across the U.S. "The legislature's decision represents a significant milestone in advancing this major natural gas pipeline project to connect stranded U.S. natural gas reserves to Alaskan and Lower 48 consumers," said Hal Kvisle, TransCanada's president and CEO. "This ratification of our license under AGIA will facilitate TransCanada's continuing commercial negotiations with potential shippers, improving the likelihood of a successful open season and the construction of a natural gas delivery system from Prudhoe Bay to Lower 48 markets."
A state license will provide a streamlined permitting process and state funding of up to US$500 million for TransCanada spending on preconstruction costs. TransCanada will move forward with project development, which includes engineering, environmental reviews, aboriginal relations and commercial work to conclude an initial binding open season by July 2010. During this period, TransCanada will continue its efforts to align with potential shippers. If sufficient firm contracts are secured in the open season, TransCanada would begin construction after U.S. federal regulatory approvals are received. The company is targeting to have the pipeline in service by September 2018.
Palin, who is a Republican, endorsed TransCanada's plan because an independent pipeline operator would free the state and the North Slope from the dominance of major oil producers, in particular BP, ConocoPhillips and Exxon Mobil. Representative Harry Crawford, an Anchorage Democrat, said he was impressed with TransCanada's enthusiastic embrace of the project, in contrast with what he said was the pessimistic attitude of the major oil producers. "When the producers would come in, they'd talk about how big the project was, how difficult it was going to be, how hard it was to get the financing and all the reasons why it was going to be so, so hard to get this pipeline built," Crawford said. "I never heard any enthusiasm from them.
But when we heard from TransCanada, what we heard was this project is integral to their future. This project is integral to Alaska’s future."
Lawmakers who voted against the license said they had more faith in a competing proposal by BP and ConocoPhillips. This joint project, named Denali, would follow a similar route to the proposed TransCanada pipeline. However, Denali has not been endorsed by the Alaska government and would not receive government funding. Opponents of House Bill 3001 criticized the US$500-million funding package as a state subsidy for TransCanada.
Alaska Pipeline Project. TransCanada Coroporation
Wholly owned subsidiaries of TransCanada Corporation are developing the Alaska Pipeline Project, which will move natural gas from Alaska to North American markets. The project will stretch approximately 1,715 miles (2,760 kms) from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska through the Yukon territory and northeastern British Columbia to the BC/Alberta border near Boundary Lake, and will include new build and certain existing infrastructure within Alberta. TransCanada Alaska Company, LLC is responsible for designing and constructing the portion located in Alaska, while Foothills Pipe Lines Ltd. is responsible for the project from the Alaska/Yukon border to market connections in Alberta.
The Alaska Gasline Inducement Act ("AGIA") was passed into law by the State of Alaska in May 2007. Its purpose was to expedite the construction of a pipeline to transport Alaskan natural gas resources to market. AGIA offers certain incentives to gas producers and pipeline companies in exchange for specific commitments that will provide significant benefit to the State. After a competitive bid process and a thorough public and legislative review, TransCanada was selected by the State in August 2008 as the exclusive recipient of the AGIA license.
$30-billion US Alaska pipeline plan announced
by Shaun Polczer, Vancouver Sun, Apr 8, 2008
CALGARY - The race to build an Alaska pipeline heated up Tuesday after industry giants BP and ConocoPhillips made a bombshell proposal to build their own $30-billion US project. The two companies announced a joint operating venture dubbed "Denali" to bring some four billion cubic feet per day through Alaska and the Yukon before funelling it into Alberta. "This project is vital for North American energy consumers and for the future of the Alaska oil-and-gas industry. It will allow us to keep our North Slope fields in production for another 50 years," said Tony Hayward, BP's chief executive.
Conoco and BP are the two largest resource holders on the Alaskan North Slope, which is estimated to contain some 30 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves associated with Prudhoe Bay, the largest oilfield ever discovered in the United States.
The companies said they plan to make regulatory applications to American and Canadian agencies by 2010.
The news blindsided TransCanada Corp., which had been previously selected by the state government to build and operate the project under the Alaska Gas Inducement Act (AGIA). After a period of public comment, TransCanada was to obtain formal legislative approval at a special sitting of the state government to be held June 3. Tony Palmer, TransCanada's vice-president of northern ventures, said he didn't learn of the competing proposal until the press release was issued Tuesday morning. He said TransCanada continues to talk with the producers and state government about the merits of its proposal. "We're going to continue to follow the process," he said. "It shows, I believe, how eager two of the three North Slope shippers are to get their gas to market. I think that's positive."
TransCanada holds certificates of convenience along the right-of-way that were granted under special joint acts of the Canadian Parliament and U.S. Congress more than three decades ago. In a conference call, BP and Conoco officials indicated that they would apply to the National Energy Board (NEB) for new certificates to cross Canadian territory.
Conoco Alaska CEO Jim Bowles denied the new Denali proposal is an attempt to squeeze TransCanda out of the Alaska picture. "They've (TransCanada) pursued a different process. It's not about their project," he said in response to a question from reporters.
Conoco previously submitted its own pipeline proposal to the state but it was rejected after Governor Sarah Palin said it fell outside the state's AGIA guidelines. Even though the governor's office has given its stamp of approval to the TransCanada bid, Palin on Tuesday said she supported the new proposal, telling reporters in Alaska "it's further proof that competition does work. "Whichever project gets us there first in Alaska's best interests is what we'll be supporting," she said.
Conoco's Bowles left the door open for third parties to join the Denali joint venture, including other producers and even outside pipeline companies. "Anyone who can bring value to the project is welcome to participate," he said. Obvious candidates include Exxon, a third North Slope producer. But possible dark horse candidates include TransCanada rival Enbridge Inc., the Calgary-based oil pipeline operator that has previously jockeyed for a role in the Alaska project. Ron Brintnell, Enbridge's vice-president of gas development, said Enbridge is keen to join the Denali joint venture. He indicated that his company has had ongoing discussions with the Alaska producers' group about taking a 10 to 20 per cent equity stake in the project and suggested no pipeline can proceed without the support of the shippers that own the majority of the gas. "We would look to be a part of that (operating) company," he said. "We believe we can bring some real value to the Alaska project. That's totally consistent with what we've said all along."
Chris Theal, an oil and gas analyst with Calgary-based Tristone Capital, said he doesn't think TransCanada has to worry about being left out of the pipeline party. Although he agreed "there's a lot of politics" going on between the state government and the North Slope producers, TransCanada remains the logical choice to build and operate the line by virtue of its right-of-way, prior approvals and experience with large volume gas pipelines across North America. "They've left the door open for an outside pipeline company to come and build it," he said of the Denali joint venture. "TransCanada is still the logical choice....I think you're going to see some middle ground reached." TransCanada shares fell 12 cents on the Toronto Stocks Exchange, closing at $36.53. Enbridge lost 13 cents to close at $42.46.
Sarah Palin makes swing in Carson City
by Dan Morain & Erika Hayasaki, Los Angeles Times, Sep 14, 2008
Seeking to win Nevada, a swing state with five electoral votes, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin made her first solo campaign stop in the lower 48 states Saturday, promising ethics reform, lower taxes and energy self-sufficiency. Palin, greeted by chants of "Sarah, Sarah," spoke to about 3,500 people for about 20 minutes. She was interrupted frequently by cheers and applause. And she led the audience in the now-familiar refrain: "Drill, baby, drill."
"In a McCain-Palin administration, we're going to expand opportunity for new energy development," the Alaska governor said, promising she and John McCain would push to "drill now to make this nation energy self-sufficient."
...After her speech, Palin and her husband Todd -- she called him the "first dude" and noted that he is a member of the United Steelworkers union - spent more than a half hour signing autographs and shaking hands before heading to two more swing states: Colorado and Ohio. "I love her. She is an all-American woman. She is like all of us," said Juliene Allman, who manages a dental office in Reno....In her remarks, Palin delivered several feel-good lines: "America is an exceptional country, and you are all exceptional Americans," perhaps aimed at differentiating herself from Obama who sometimes talks about "ordinary Americans."...
She also said she had confronted the oil industry in her state. "Whatever they're running now, it is not the state of Alaska," she said.
On Friday, all Alaska residents had received checks for $3,300, thanks in part to a rebate that Palin had pushed to help cover high energy costs. "They can spend it better than government can," she said, and promised "tax reform" if she and McCain win. "We're trusting people with their money."
Palin played to the crowd, talking about the annual air show held in the area, mentioning that her husband flies small planes, and saying that they named one of their girls Piper, after the plane maker. She noted that the place where she spoke -- the Pony Express Pavilion -- doubles as a roller-hockey rink, and referred to hockey moms. She singled out Chuck Yeager, the famous aviator, who was in the crowd, noting that he broke the sound barrier and saying she hoped to break through the glass barrier. "You guys get it," Palin said. "You understand the need to put the pride back into America. We can do this because we are an exceptional nation."
"She's a real firecracker," said Renee Major, a first-grade teacher in Reno. She wore a button that had a photo of Palin firing a rifle, and read, "Read my lipstick, change is coming." Major said she "kind of" was planning to vote for McCain, but when he selected Palin, she became an enthusiastic booster. Like others interviewed, she brushed aside criticism that Palin might not be well-versed on all the issues. "She is holding her own with the old boys."
"Who could get excited about McCain? When Palin came on, she added such energy. She added excitement," said Ron Brandow, who came to Carson City from Lake Tahoe, where he was vacationing with his wife, Livia Bain, to hear Palin. "I'm 67, and she's the first person who is running for national office who is a common person," said Brandow, who is from Houston.
Palin started her day in Alaska with a rally at the Dena'ina Civic Camp Convention Center in Anchorage. Although the Obama campaign has targeted Alaska, with its three electoral votes, the state is almost certain to vote for the McCain-Palin ticket. With husband, Todd, and three of their children, Willow, Piper and Trig, at her side, Palin urged Alaskans to help the victims of Hurricane Ike, a plea she repeated in Carson City. Palin drew some of the wildest applause when she stated: "In a McCain-Palin administration, we are going to drill now." "It's not just Alaska realizing how desperately we need to be energy independent," she said.
Canadian mining companies deny giving Palin gifts
by Suzanne Fournier, CanWestNews, Sep 30, 2008
VANCOUVER - Several Vancouver-based mining companies are downplaying a report they had given gifts to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband. The Washington Post newspaper reported this week that Palin, the Republican vice-presidential candidate who pushed through her state's ethics reform bill aimed at corrupt "old-boy" politics, had accepted $25,367 in gifts, including from companies with Alaska mining interests. "I read the Washington Post stories on Gov. Palin and we did check into our role and determined that there was no money contributed to her campaign at any level, nor have we provided gifts to the governor," said Sean Magee, the vice-president of public affairs at Vancouver-based Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. "We were quite frankly flummoxed by any reference of us making donations to her," said Magee. "We're a Canadian company and there are strict rules in the U.S. about political contributions." Northern Dynasty owns the Pebble Mine copper and gold deposit in southwestern Alaska in a 50-50 share with the Anglo-American consortium and a separate corporate entity has been created in Alaska to develop the Pebble site. "We did, however, purchase a table at the governor's inaugural celebration, because it was a state celebration."
A spokesman for Vancouver-based NovaGold Resources Inc. said that its contribution was limited to allowing Todd Palin to fly in to the Donlin Creek gold minesite with government officials. The Alaska mine is under development with Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp. "The only way you get in to the mine is by flying," said Greg Johnson, the NovaGold spokesman. "I gather Todd Palin has a strong interest in rural and Native American employment and development," said Johnson, who said that Palin "has also paid for some trips out of his own pocket." Johnson said Palin "is part Native American I know," but said Palin's only role "was as the governor's husband." Johnson added that "native politics, business and community interests are all intermingled in Alaska."
Teck Cominco spokesman Doug Horswill, whose Vancouver-based company is developing the Red Dog mine, said that his company's contribution was also limited to free flights for Todd Palin. "I don't know in exactly what capacity Gov. Palin's husband Todd was acting, but we took him along on a flight to the mine, which we do when we have empty seats on a plane," said Horswill. Todd Palin, whose mother is a quarter Yup'ik, is a union member who worked in the North Slope oil fields of Alaska for 18 years and also works as a commercial salmon fisherman at Bristol Bay, close to the site of the proposed Pebble mine. The Washington Post newspaper is reporting mining interests contributed heavily to Palin since she became governor three years ago and among those said to have provided benefits are three Vancouver-based companies. It's alleged that Palin personally accepted gifts totalling $25,367 from mining interests, including a $2,200 ivory puffin mask from Matthew Nicolai, president of an American native-owned for-profit corporation called Calista that owns land on which mining companies want to do business.
Mining and environmental interests together spent $10 million fighting a ballot initiative which sought to tighten up discharge by mines into Alaskan waters, primarily by the future Pebble mine into Bristol Bay. After Gov. Palin said she was going to "take my governor's hat off" and come out against the ballot measure, it was defeated at the ballot box. Palin's pitch on behalf of mining interests was heavily used in publicity ads.
Canadian mining companies deny giving Palin gifts, CanWestNews, Sep 30, 2008
Palin talks tough on ABC Interview with Charles Gibson. Los Angeles Times, Sep 11, 2008 (... Palin, in speaking to Charles Gibson of ABC, chose her words carefully, saying that "some of man's activities" could be "potentially causing some of the changes in the climate right now." As governor, Palin has named an advisory panel to help Alaska adapt to the consequences of climate change, such as melting ice sheets that have changed fish and wildlife migration patterns. But her views on the cause probably have significant bearing on whether, like her running mate, she favors steps to curb carbon emissions that cause global warming. "John McCain and I are going to be working on what we do about it," she said. "I'm not an Al Gore, doom-and-gloom environmentalist blaming the changes in our climate on human activity."...) See CLIMATE CHANGE CORRUPT SCIENCE & GORE'S INCONVENIENT TRUTH A LIE & LENIN BEHIND ENVIRONMENTALISM
Governor Sarah Palin's address to the Republican National Convention (transcript and YouTube accepting vice-presidential nomination). September 3, 2008
TransCanada's Alaska pipeline proposal wins license to build, Journal of Commerce, Aug 13, 2008
$30-billion US Alaska pipeline plan announced. Vancouver Sun, Apr 8, 2008
Sarah Palin's natural gas pipeline: a dream moving forwards. Cypress Times, Jan 31, 2010
Palin on Energy, Historical Moments in Time, Issue 1, Dec 2009
"Bottom line: let's stop digging ourselves into debt and start drilling for energy independence". Sarah Palin has not been shy a bout her preference for drilling in Alaska over purchasing oil from Iraq! In fact she sees this not just as a business decision, but as a moral one: "eliance on foreign sources of energy weakes America.... Decreasing our dependendence on foreign sources of energy will reduce the impact of world events on our economy" Palin's position on energy and her belief in the moral imperative to use America's natural resources rather than rely on foreign suppliers, has been consistent for her entire political career.... "Given that we're spending billlions of stiumulus dollars to rebuild our highways, it makes sense to think about what we'll be driving on them. For years to come, most of what we drive will be powered, at least in party, by diesel fuel or gasoline. To fuel that driving, we need access to oil.... That means we need to drill here and drill now."...). Go to SARAH IS SPIRIT OF AMERICA
Alaska to get Palin's dream 2700-km gas pipeline (run Alaska gas into Canada pipeline). American Thinker, Dec 30, 2009
PALIN RIGHT ON RUSSIA (you can see Russia from Alaska) & PALIN PROTECTS FROM PREDATORS & LENIN BEHIND ENVIRONMENTALISM & SOLZHENITSYN WARNS WESTERN WORLD
Canada to get 1200-km Mackenzie gas pipeline (delivering fuel energy is in public interest). CBC, Jan 1, 2010
China's PetroChina 'invests' in Canada oil sands (175 billion barrells 2nd biggest oil store in world) & Canada approves Red China takeover in oil sands (say communist-owned company benefit Canada). BBC/CanCom, Dec 30, 2009
CHINA TALONS IN CANADA OIL SANDS & CANADA GROVELS TO COMMUNISTS
Displaced and desperate in Gaza (going downhill from rock bottom) & Israel's Gaza invasion powered by USA (Kissinger struck USA oil deal with Israel) & USA financial aid to Israel (5.8 million Israelis each receive $14,630 a year) & Kissinger says world must forge new order (or retreat to chaos) & Kissinger congratulates China (paved way for warm US-China relations). AlJaz/Salon/WRMEA/Indep/Xin, Dec 30, 2009. Go to ZIONISM IN AMERICA & GOLDSTEIN CONSPIRACY IN 1984 & BIG BROTHER STAGED EVENTS & 28.Reality Control & 5.BB Pyramidal NWO
Palin warns about Obama's 'cap & tax' energy plan (make USA dependent on Russia/China/SaudiArabia). Washington Post, Jul 2009
Palin says Obama policies immoral & uneconomical (destroying USA's oil/gas/coal/nuclear industries; CO2 tax; importing energy; exporting jobs to China). Time Magazine, Jul 2009
Video: Palin resignation speech lists accomplishments & resignation speech continues (drilling oil & gas to energise Alaska & America). Fox News, Jul 2009
Video: Palin cleaned up Alaska's corrupt tax system
(the people now receive oil & gas revenue). Fox News, Jul 2009
Palin rips Obama on his economic policy (warns USA becoming indebted to China; she vetoed $29-million federal energy aid to Alaska). US News, Jul 2009
Sarah Palin: The case for drilling in ANWR. StarTrib, Feb 1, 2009
Obama picks Chinese Chu to head Energy Dep't (ardent global warmer/climate changer). USA TOoday, Jan 13, 2009
Begich’s firm stand (ANWR drilling advocates should proceed respectfully). News Miner, Jan 11, 2009
Palin urges Obama to seek closer ties with Canada. CTV, Dec 9, 2008
Just a few days after signing a historic agreement that will see a Canadian company build a massive pipeline to flow natural gas from Alaska to Alberta, Gov. Sarah Palin says she is working to strengthen relations with Canada, and Barack Obama should too. Palin, who recently lost her vice-presidential bid on a shared ticket with presidential candidate John McCain, spoke to CTV's Canada AM from Fairbanks, Alaska, just after signing the deal with TransCanada pipeline. She granted the company US$500 million to plan the pipeline, with construction set to begin in 2011. She suggested the contract is an example of cross-border co-operation that Democratic president-elect Barack Obama can learn from. "I want to grow the relationship we have with Canada," Palin said. "I know Alaska is doing all we can to grow that relationship and we've gotta have faith that the newly elected administration will see the light on that and work very hard to increase and strengthen the relationship between our two countries." She said Alaskans and Canadians have much in common, from a shared love of hockey to an appreciation for the outdoors, hunting and fishing....Palin predicted the newly signed 2,700-kilometre pipeline project will boost U.S. domestic energy supply by 7 per cent and reduce U.S. dependency on foreign oil sources. "This has been long hoped for, prayed about, wished for, for really about 50 years here in Alaska," Palin said. She said Alaska has vast reserves of oil and natural gas that are virtually being "warehoused" at the moment. "It's time to tap those, throw them into our own hungry markets so we can be less reliant on foreign sources and less beholden to some regimes that control energy that we import. Some of those regimes don't like America," she said....Palin said she hopes that correction in the U.S. economy will come through tax cuts to boost small businesses and give families more spending money, which will in turn buoy the economy....NAFTA, she said, has resulted in jobs in both the U.S. and Canada, and must be protected in order to keep both countries' economies "revving."...
TransCanada waits to ask for loan guarantees. AlaskaNews, Dec 11, 2008
Gov Palin's first post-election interview (Alaska has every resource needed for nation's energy self-sufficiency). Fox News, Nov 11, 2008
Wind chill: Losing wind power PR battle (fights underway across Canada). National Post, Nov 11, 2008
SPINNING WINDLESS WINDMILLS (diesel engines in base of towers)
Obama says he'll bankrupt USA coal industry (if somebody builds coal-powered plant they're going to be charged huge sum) & Palin attacks Obama over coal (he's comfortable with industry bankruptcy). YouTube/CBS, Nov 2, 2008. Go to PENNSYLVANIA COAL WIGAN PIER & KYOTO = KILL YOUR OWN TOMORROWS & 9.Keeping Masses Down (economy allowed to stagnate)
Palin's plan: energy independence, you betcha (drill-refine-mine-enrich-reprocess-invent-build-conserve-grow, use every available means) & read Palin's policy speech entirely. WSJ/Atlantic, Oct 29, 2008. Go to 11.Ministry of Plenty (hunger-overwork-dirt-illiteracy-disease could be eliminated)
As Palin assails Russia, Gazprom meets with Alaskan officials. Intn'l Herald Trib, Oct 14, 2008
MOSCOW: Gazprom, the biggest Russian energy company, offered to help Alaska increase natural gas supplies to the U.S. mainland, even after Governor Sarah Palin warned against Russian resurgence while campaigning for vice president. The Russian state-run natural gas company sent eight senior executives to Anchorage for talks Monday with officials from the state Department of Natural Resources and with the ConocoPhillips chief executive, Jim Mulva, state and company officials said. Gazprom, which supplies a quarter of the natural gas used by Europe, is seeking to increase its reach with projects around the world, including in North America. The courtship of Alaska comes less than a month after Palin criticized Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for "rearing his head" regarding the Russian maritime border with her state. "The timing is as interesting as the visit itself," said Chris Weafer, chief strategist at UralSib Financial in Moscow. "Gazprom's entire senior management goes into Sarah Palin's backyard during a contentious election. There's a message there." The Gazprom chief executive, Aleksei Miller, was accompanied by his deputies Valery Golubev, who served alongside Putin in the KGB, and Alexander Medvedev, who oversees Russian exports of natural gas. Gazprom said its executives had held a working breakfast with Walter Hickel, a former governor of Alaska and a supporter of Palin...Miller said in June that Gazprom had approached ConocoPhillips and BP on joining their Denali pipeline project, designed to deliver Alaskan natural gas to the Continental United States. At the same time, Gazprom expressed interest in a rival pipeline project backed by TransCanada. Gazprom did not specifically discuss pipeline projects during the meeting with Alaskan officials, said Marty Rutherford, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Natural Resources. "They were talking very generically," she said. "They would love to partner with us and other firms." Talks with Conoco, which is based in Houston, focused on "broad-based business opportunities," a company spokesman, Charlie Rowton, said. Go to CANADA BUYINGS USSR'S GAS
AMERICA ON RUSSIAN ROCKS PALIN PROTECTS FROM PREDATORS (two-legged & four-legged kind)
Sarah at coal country Scranton Pennsylvania rally (sings Proud to be an American with Greenwood) & Palin touts Pennsylvania coal in Biden's hometown (Biden said there's no such thing as clean coal & even if there were, in an Obama admin it would be fine if China used it but it would not be used here at home). YouTube/Delaware, Oct 14, 2008. Go to PENNSYLVANIA COAL IS WIGAN PIER & RUSSIAN COAL TO NEWCASTLE & 9.Keeping Masses Down
PALIN EXPERIENCE IS PRESIDENTIAL
"Pitbull with lipstick" Palin leashed & unleashed (she's run a state, led a National Guard; has more executive experience than Obama Bin Lyin' and Biden). Times, Oct 8, 2008
Alaska Pipeline could benefit First Nations. CBC, Oct 2, 2008
A Canadian company that's in the running to build a natural gas pipeline along the Alaska Highway says it won't get involved with land claims with First Nations along the proposed route, but will offer commercial benefits instead. Making the remarks Thursday in Whitehorse, TransCanada Corp. vice-president Tony Palmer said the company would offer benefits, whether affected First Nations have settled their land claims or not. "We believe that this project can be constructed, and it will be to the benefit of individual First Nations, whether they have a land claim resolution or not"...Palmer said TransCanada's proposed 2,760-kilometre pipeline, which would run from Alaska's North Slope to Alberta and to markets throughout North America, cannot be built through Canada without the cooperation of First Nations and communities along the route....The company hopes to conclude commercial benefit agreements with First Nations before the end of 2009, Palmer added. In August, Calgary-based TransCanada won Alaskan state approval for the $26-billion Alaska Pipeline Project. It must now obtain U.S. federal permits for the pipeline before construction can begin...The company's tentative schedule calls for a two-year construction period starting in 2016, with the pipeline to be in service by September 2018. Two other companies, BP PLC and ConocoPhillips, have jointly proposed a competing pipeline, called Denali, which has not been endorsed by the Alaska government. Denali representatives were also at the Whitehorse conference Thursday morning. Meanwhile, Canada's pipeline industry says governments have to act faster to review pipeline applications like the Alaska Highway project, avoiding major delays like the one being faced by the proposed Mackenzie Valley pipeline in the Northwest Territories. TransCanada is also involved in the Mackenzie pipeline, a regulatory review of which was supposed to take only two years. "Clearly, it's been now over four years and there is still no date certain in terms of a decision," said Brenda Kenny, president of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association. Kenny said governments will have to do a better job on the proposed Alaska pipeline, or that project could face an uncertain future. Go to TAKING CANDY FROM INDIAN BABY & INDIAN LAND CLAIMS DISBELIEVED & CANADA GOING TO THE INDIANS & GREEN INDIANS GRAB LAND
Gov Palin focused on developing State's resources. New York Times, Oct 1, 2008
ENERGY:-By and large, oil and gas issues have dominated her tenure...Well before she became the Republican vice-presidential nominee, Ms. Palin was positioning herself nationally on resource development and energy issues. She is the chairwoman of the natural resources committee of the National Governors Association, after serving as vice chairwoman until July...Ms. Palin’s work on oil and gas issues was part of a wider effort at overturning the work of her predecessor, Gov. Frank H. Murkowski, also a Republican. She has pushed through measures to increase taxes on oil companies in addition to a $500 million subsidy to encourage construction of a pipeline that would tap trillions of cubic feet of natural gas beneath the North Slope. Ms. Palin has long said that a pipeline — the construction of which remains uncertain — would transform Alaska’s image from that of a state known for receiving more federal money per capita than any other to one that is finding ways to meet the country’s energy needs...
TRADE:-Gov Palin does not appear to have made any trade missions since taking office, and former state officials said the state’s trade staff had been reduced under her watch. Alaska has also sharply reduced its role in the Northern Forum, an association of state and regional governments from countries including Canada, Russia, Japan and China that works on common issues in northern regions like economic development, flooding and global warming. Under Mr. Murkowski, Ms. Palin’s predecessor, the state sent senior administration officials to the forum’s meetings and contributed $60,000 to $100,000 to the forum each year, according to the forum’s executive director, Priscilla Wohl. Under Ms. Palin, the state has reduced its spending to the base-level membership dues, $15,000, and the administration has not attended any forum meetings, including one last fall in Russia. "Had she participated, in the last 18 months she would have met ambassadors, governors, heads of the European Union’s programs, of United Nations programs,"” Ms. Wohl said...
ENVIRONMENT:-Like most other Alaskans, Ms. Palin supports drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, while her running mate, Senator John McCain, is opposed. She has been ambiguous about whether she believes humans are causing climate change, while Mr. McCain has embraced science linking climate change to human activities. In August, Ms. Palin sued the federal government for listing the polar bear as a threatened species, saying climate models that showed that the bears would be affected by melting Arctic ice are unreliable. (Documents later revealed that state biologists disagreed with members of the Palin administration.) The governor and other state lawmakers opposed the listing because it could limit drilling for oil off Alaska’s coast. The most contentious environmental issue within Alaska recently has been the fight over the proposed Pebble Mine, one of the world’s largest discoveries of gold and copper....Gov Palin has taken positions that reflect her support for developing Alaska’s natural resources. Her views are largely in line with those of voters in her state, but not with environmentalists...
BUDGET:- Even with the state enjoying a multibillion-dollar surplus because of high oil prices, Ms. Palin has vetoed about $500 million in capital spending projects requested by state lawmakers in two consecutive budgets. She also supported putting about $7 billion of surplus revenue into state savings over two years. A chunk of that surplus, about $2 billion, came from the governor’s effort to increase taxes on the oil industry....That angered many conservative Republicans, as did the governor’s plan to use about $740 million of the surplus to give each Alaskan a $1,200 "rebate" to help pay for high energy costs....
Palin's strengths rooted in Alaska (she tackles old-boy networks relentlessly) & Palin a formidable foe in Alaska debates (participated in 21 gubernatorial forums) & Palin's path still sinking in: 1992-2006 (2 terms on council; 2 terms as mayor; runs for lieutenant governor, loses; chairwoman Alaska Oil/Gas Commission, resigns; wins primary then election for governor upsetting Republican & Democrat old boys). CBS/WSJ/WashPost, Sep 29-Oct 2, 2008/font>
PALIN RIGHT ON RUSSIA (it can be seen from Alaska)
Palin not allowed to campaign in Michigan (wants to speak to people who are hurting there). DetroitFreePress, Sep 29-Oct 3, 2008. Go to THE SUPPRESSION OF SARAH PALIN & 34.MiniLuv(Torture) & 40.Brainwashing (How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?)
Sarah Palin not such a small-town girl afterall (a major player in state politics for a decade) & Palin's strengths rooted in Alaska (she tackles old-boy networks relentlessly) & Palin a formidable foe in Alaska debates (participated in 21 gubernatorial forums) & Palin's path to power: 1992-2006 (2 terms on council; 2 terms as mayor; runs for lieutenant governor, loses; chairwoman Alaska Oil/Gas Commission, resigns; wins primary then election for governor upsetting Republican & Democrat old boys). TeleCBS/WSJ/CNN, Sep 29, 2008
THE SUPPRESSION OF SARAH PALIN
SARAH SHAKING THINGS UP ("our lipstick beats their dipstick")
BC Indian chief & councillors each take $800,000 (from gov't cash payout to 230-member band) & American Indian tribes won't vote for Palin (she allows drilling/fishing/hunting on Native land) & Palin is colour-blind when governing (treats Native constituency same as all Alaskans). AOL/NavajoTribe/AP, Sep 28, 2008. Go to TAKING CANDY FROM INDIAN BABY & INDIAN LAND CLAIMS DISBELIEVED & GREEN INDIANS GRAB LAND
Sarah Palin's father says media not treating his daughter fairly. CBS, Sep 28, 2008
Gov. Sarah Palin's father says she is ready for the vice presidency and the media aren't treating her fairly in an exclusive interview with Harry Smith of CBS New's "The Early Show." Chuck and Sally Heath sat for the interview on Saturday in Wasilla, Alaska. The interview will be broadcast on Monday's show at 7 a.m. on WKMG-Channel 6. Smith asks what they would say to people who don't believe Palin is ready to be No. 2 in a John McCain administration. "She is ready to do anything she wants to," Chuck Heath says. "She perseveres, she works so hard, she learns so fast -- yeah, I don't worry about that at all." Smith asks about the perception that Palin hasn't been treated fairly by the media. "That's what I feel," Chuck Heath says. "Someone said, 'Well they have to get to know Sarah Palin,' but Sarah Palin -- there is a good side of Sarah Palin and they're digging and digging for the bad side and there is no real bad side. They're fabricating a lot of things that I don't want to go into." Go to 16.MiniTrue(Lies) & 17.Falsification
Palin's parents professional rat killers (protected human remains after 9/11). Chicago Tribune, Sep 27, 2008. Go to 44.Room 101 & 31.Love Nest (of all horrors in the world - a rat!) & PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN
Palin's father said she showed grit at early age ("They are getting mean---very mean"). CNN, Sep 11, 2008
Governor Sarah Palin (passed ethics reform legislation & her natural gas pipeline bill). CoxNewsService, Sep 28, 2008
Sarah Palin's face sculpted on Ohio cornfield (took artist 8 hours to mow 16-acres for likeness of "Sarah America"). Whitehouse, Ohio, Sep 25, 2008
How I Got To Know Sarah Palin (author of biography describes research for her book)
SARAH, HOW A HOCKEY MOM TURNED ALASKA'S POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT UPSIDE DOWN, by Kaylene Johnson
excerpt from Chapter One: Growing Up Sarah: ...Sarah shot her first rabbit at age ten not far from the back porch. In her teens, she hunted caribou with her father. The family's freezer was always full of fish and game. Chuck Jr. said he didn't eat a beef steak until he was a senior in high school. Gardening helped fill the family larder. In summer, Chuck Jr., Heather, Sarah, and Molly spent long sunny days building tree forts, riding bikes, and playing with friends. They took swimming lessons in Wasilla Lake--a pond with water so cold that they huddled around a campfire on the beach afterward to silence their chattering teeth. During the summer, their father put away the television. For entertainment, he put up a basketball hoop with a dirt court in the back yard. The Heath kids and their friends spent many hours playing ball. Once a year, the family accompanied Chuck Sr. on a weeklong class field trip to Denali National Park, where camping in view of majestic Mount McKinley left indelible memories with the Heath children. The family often packed up and drove fifteen miles to Hatcher Pass, a scenic expanse of alpine tundra tucked between jagged peaks in the Talkeetna Mountains....
Why liberals are fixated on tearing Palin down (because Sarah's a hockey Mom who turned the political establishment upside down). NJcom book review, Sep 24, 2008. Go to 26.Julia & Rebellion (the force that would tear the Party to pieces)
Reporters are kept away from Sarah Palin (no witness to her meetings with Kissinger et al) & Palin meeting with world leaders at UN (ex sec-state Kissinger & rock star U2 Bono) & Sarah Palin arrives in New York (instead of cheering fans & supporters is met by equivalent of 'Bronx cheer'). ABC/Metro/NYT/YouTube, Sep 23, 2008. Go to ZIONISM IN AMERICA & U2 BONO ARCH-ARCH CAPITALIST & Bono imitates Mandela at 46664 concert & KISSINGER'S NUMBER IS 666 & NEW YORK'S NUMBER IS 666 & 10.Rulers & 35.BB Brotherhood
Canada ranchers & hunters oppose new National Park (gov't wants 40,000 hectares for endangered bats, snakes, screech owls, yellow-breasted chats) & Palin challenges global warming climate change (supports fisheries, oil-gas exploration & development where environmentalists say polar bear endangered) & Enviro group launches attack ad against Palin (bear & wolf hunting protects moose & caribou that locals hunt for food). WashPost/WSJ, Sep 23, 2008. Go to ENVIRONMENTALISM IS ANIMALISM & LENIN BEHIND ENVIRONMENTALISM & CLIMATE-CHANGE CORRUPT SCIENCE
PALIN DIDN'T QUOTE PEGLER (in speech accepting VP nomination). Email, Sep 21, 2008. Go to 17.Falsification of Past
Cultural Left's Obama drumbeat intensifies (derailed by Sarah Palin as cultural icon) & Feminist army aims cannons at Palin (Steinem & Co squealing like stuck pigs 24/7) & Hollywood stars attack Palin (Matt Damon says she's really bad Disney movie; Pamela Anderson says she can suck it; Whoopi Goldberg says very dangerous woman; Oprah Winfrey bans from her couch). OzHerald, Sep 21, 2008. Go to 16.MiniTruth (Lies) & 25.Prolefeed & 27.Goodthink (women the most bigoted adherents of the Party)
Barack Obama: The Child - Messiah - Obamessiah (smote conniving wife of deposed King Bill & barbarian hordes of Working Class Whites) & Annointed One Obama ventures forth to bring light (Pilgrimage to Holy Land a blessing to his followers). YouTube/London Times, Sep 19, 2008. Go to 27.Goodthink (It was not the man's brain that was speaking, it was his larynx)
Red China may buy USA's 2nd-biggest bank (credit crunch drying up funding sources) & USA's Morgan Stanley bank loses $20-billion (floated China Construction Bank for $9.2 billion & Rosneft, the Russian energy giant) & Fed Reserve injects $180-billion into markets (to restart lending between banks). Bloom/Times/Telegraph, Sep 19-20, 2008. Go to CHINA'S COMMUNIST CAPITALISTS & CREATURE FROM JEKYLL ISLAND & 6.Super-States (they prop one another up, like three sheaves of corn) & 35.Big Brother's Brotherhood (yellow-faced Martin is one of us) & USA GAVE CHINA PANAMA CANAL & PANAMA CANAL DEATH KNELL
Sarah Palin no-topic-off-limits interview (read transcript & watch video) & Palin hits Obama (she's building $40 billion natural gas pipeline) & She's Not Just A Pretty Face (Sarah Palin's got everything it takes) & "She's mother of the human race" Fox/ShaniaTwain, Sep 19, 2008. Go to 26.Julia & Rebellion (a blow struck against the Party)
Palin addresses Wall Street Financial Crisis (presses how important that America remain the strongest financial market in the world) & Sarah Palin will 'Drill, baby, drill' "to make this nation energy self-sufficient" (She's an all-American woman. She's like all of us) & Alaska's "First Dude" first interview (Todd glad they tapped into Sarah). Nevada/Colorado/FoxNews, Sep 14-16, 2008. Go to 23.The Proles (If there was hope, it must lie in the proles) & JFK DEFENDED DOLLAR & JFK RIGHT-TO-WORK SPEECH & LINCOLN, JFK & MONEY
Sarah Palin: 10 things we've learnt (reform-minded, hockey-mommin', basketball-shooting, moose-hunting, salmon-fishing, pistol-packing, mother-of-five for Vice-President) & Palin fusing politics & motherhood in new way (a guardian of nation's disabled children) & The Evolution of Sarah Palin ("has ability to accomplish great things") & An ordinary, extraordinary woman ("America loves people like her". "I confess, I love Ms. Palin, too") & Leftist feminist sisterhood snarl at Sarah (they hate 'the pitbull with lipstick'). BBC/IHT/Fox/Globe/AmerThink, Sep 7-10, 2008. Go to 26.Julia & Rebellion & 30.Love Instinct & Family & UNBORN FACTS OF LIFE & OWED TO THE UNBORN
Lawmakers to begin debate on Palin's gas line proposal
by Steve Quinn, AP, Jun 3, 2008
The clock starts ticking for Governor Sarah Palin today. She'll have 60 days to convince the Alaska Legislature that TransCanada Corp deserves a license to build a pipeline that would ship North Slope natural gas to power homes and businesses in USA markets. Last year, the Legislature passed the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, calling for bidders to guarantee progress toward pipeline construction and be friendly toward new exploration. TransCanada emerged as Palin's choice, but oil companies BP and ConocoPhillips have said they are moving forward with their own joint project outside of the state's bid requirements. Palin's administrators have submitted more than 2,000 pages supporting TransCanada's proposal, a plan which will undergo detailed scrutiny from some skeptical lawmakers these next few months. "I'm fine with that," Palin said. "I welcome the scrutiny. But if any lawmakers have intentions of trying to shoot down AGIA for any illegitimate or political reason, they are not doing their job as a legislator. "If any lawmakers are intent to not listening to the information that is provided to them - information which they asked for - and they are not abiding by the law they passed, they are not doing their job." Senator Hollis French, an Anchorage Democrat and Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, said he likes what he sees so far, but approval is far from a slam dunk. "For us to do our job, we have to truth-test every single word in these 2,000 pages," French said. "We can't go to the Alaska public 10 years from now if this deal goes sideways and say we voted for this because Sarah Palin said so." Many lawmakers heard a pitch from Palin's gas line team and outside consultants last week in Anchorage, but the formal work begins when lawmakers gavel in late this afternoon. Forty-seven lawmakers spent some time at the three-day presentations, talking to the administration as well as consultants flown in from New York, Washington and Seattle. "I think the governor really did her homework on this one," said House Rules Chairman John Coghill, R-North Pole. "I think some people thought it wouldn't be as weighty as it has been," he said. "I'm greatly encouraged, but there is still another side of the story we need to hear." Starting Wednesday, lawmakers will hold seven straight days of testimony in Juneau, then hold hearings throughout the state, making stops in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Kenai, Barrow and Ketchikan. Several details are expected to be thoroughly dissected, including:
• The state's promise of giving the winning bidder $500 million in seed money. Some lawmakers wonder if the state should be staking any company $500 million if the project truly has long-term economic viability. • Does TransCanada really have the financial wherewithal to move forward on a project estimated to cost between $26 billion and $30 billion? • Should the Legislature take a closer look at the joint proposal from BP and ConocoPhillips, which lacks the project detail found in TransCanada's offering? Two years ago, former Governor Frank Murkowski settled in principle with the two oil companies, plus Exxon Mobil Corp., on fiscal terms - taxes and royalties - for producing the North Slope gas. The deal would have frozen oil taxes for 30 years and gas taxes for up to 45 years for the three major oil companies, but it did not guarantee a pipeline would get built. The hope was it would enable producers to move forward with a pipeline. This prompted Palin to chart a different course, one she deemed more inclusive and competitive. Dan Dickinson, a consultant hired by a legislative oversight committee, said keeping the prospects of a gas line competitive calls for a careful balance. "There is no question a competition can be good," Dickinson said. "To the degree that the state has two viable competitors, that's good. "What I'm concerned about is if you treat the awarding of the license as though the competition is over, as if we are crowning a winner. That's not good." Palin's gas line team received five applications under the new gas pipeline law, plus one from ConocoPhillips which didn't conform to the state's criteria. ConocoPhillips later joined up with BP on the alternative proposal, deemed Denali: The Alaska Gas Pipeline. Before the joint venture was announced, Palin told ConocoPhillips she saw no advantage to setting aside the new parameters and begin negotiating with the Houston company. So she turned her attention to TransCanada's proposal, which says it can move the North Slope's natural gas to North American markets. TransCanada proposes a line that would travel 1,715 miles from the North Slope to a pipeline hub in Calgary, Alberta, that connects to all the major markets on the continent. About 35 trillion cubic feet of proved natural gas reserves are believed to lie beneath the North Slope permafrost, and energy analysts believe that figure will rise in the future. No matter who builds the pipeline, it could become the largest, most expensive energy facility ever constructed, or simply the largest private-sector project ever undertaken, in North America. TransCanada owns one of the largest natural gas pipeline networks in the world, tallying 36,500 miles of pipe that ferries nearly 30 billion cubic feet of gas each day. The company has long had an interest constructing an Alaska gas line.
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