Denali II

The Positive Side of The President’s Visit to Alaska

The President’s recent visit to Alaska was in many ways controversial, but there was one<a href=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-2747 alignright" src="" alt="Denali" width="225" height="300" /></a> positive aspect to it: It has inspired me to start blogging again. While I realize this excites some, frightens others, and disinterests most, there were so many things I wanted to blog about during the President’s visit, that I had to give the blog a facelift and return the hamsters to the power wheel. So where have I been and what have I been doing? Writing for money primarily, but that kind of writing doesn’t really let me fully express myself. It’s like a perpetual job interview in which you have to keep editors happy and manage your emotional outbursts. You have no idea how badly I want to overuse exclamation points!!!!!! Phew, that’s better. Since the President is gone and discussion of his trip is mostly over,

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The Time May Be Right To End The Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend

<h2><a href=""><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-2531" alt="Alaska" src="" width="300" height="216" /></a>The Dividend is a Redistribution Policy</h2> <p>The Alaska Permanent Fund was established in 1976 as an investment that would allow for the continuation of funding of Alaska’s essential services once the Alaskan oil resources had been exhausted. While a portion of the income from the Fund comes from oil revenue (about 11% of total oil revenue to the state), most of the growth in the fund has come from re-investment and additional money put in by the legislature during the “rich” years of the inevitable boom and bust cycles experienced by Alaska. Based on its purpose, to fund the Alaska government once oil tax revenues have dried up, many people in Alaska (myself included) believe paying an annual dividend to residents is inconsistent with the Fund’s goal. In a 2010 study by the University of Alaska Institute of Social and Economic Research,

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Oil exec warns taxes could sink US energy rebirth

  <div class="rpuEmbedCode"> <div class="rpuArticle rpuRepost-ebf604cd950b34707d45ca0a15d529a1-top rpuNoTitle" style="margin: 0; padding: 0;"><a class="rpuThumb" href="" rel="norewrite"><img style="float: left; margin-right: 10px;" alt="" src="" /></a> <a class="rpuTitle" href="" rel="norewrite"><strong>Oil exec warns taxes could sink US energy rebirth</strong></a> (via <a class="rpuHost" href="" rel="norewrite">AFP</a>) <p class="rpuSnip">A top US <i>oil</i> industry figure warned Tuesday that the country's energy renaissance could be threatened by "punitive" tax policies on <u>oil</u> and gas exploration. With the US government looking to remove tax breaks for big oil firms to help boost government revenues, Jack Gerard, the head of the American…</p> </div> <div class="rpuKeywords" style="display: none;">oil, Gerard, oil industry, Washington to pursue policies favorable to energy, energy production, tax, environmental groups, oil industry figure, big oil firms, XL oil pipeline, American Petroleum Institute, domestic energy production, Jack Gerard, key tax measures, major policy battles, gas, State Department approval, offshore drilling rig, Shell, large oil, tax policies, tax breaks, oil production, gas exploration, government revenues, energy renaissance, tax deductions,

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Forget Peak Oil, Time To Worry About Peak Oil Labor

<div class="rpuEmbedCode"><!--rpuEmbedStart--> <script type="text/javascript" src="" data-cfasync="false"></script> <div class="rpuArticle rpuRepost-89d70df74a2dd1372b4df11ee0fa5fd2-top rpuNoTitle" style="margin: 0; padding: 0;"><a class="rpuThumb" href="" rel="norewrite"><img style="float: left; margin-right: 10px;" src="" alt="" /></a> <a class="rpuTitle" href="" rel="norewrite"><strong>Forget Peak Oil, Time To Worry About Peak Oil Labor</strong></a> (via <a class="rpuHost" href="" rel="norewrite">Market Shadows</a>) <p class="rpuSnip">Courtesy of By EconMatters In a recent working paper, researchers at the the IMF (International Monetary Fund) attempt to reconcile the Peak <i>Oil</i> debate that whether resource constraints will dictate the future of <u>oil</u> output and prices, or advance in technology motivated by high…</p> </div> <div class="rpuKeywords" style="display: none;">Greece, euros, New Democracy, greek, Angela Merkel, fantasyland ideas, direct referendum, euro area, Yields Greece Growth, Greek citizens, Destroy Greece, latest polls, common-sense position greece, Approach Greece, Chancellor Angela Merkel, leader angela merkel, euro currency area, Merkel Yields, Euro area official, eur 290bn total, Latest Poll Courtesy, President Francois Hollande, eur 37bn spain, eur 63bn france, eur 84bn germany, Greek government spokesman, Fantasland

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U.S. Manufacturing Shows Signs of Growth

<div class="rpuEmbedCode"><!--rpuEmbedStart--> <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> <div class="rpuArticle rpuRepost-5649c6ac553ba8921ad7478be7018ffb-top rpuNoTitle" style="margin: 0; padding: 0;"><a class="rpuThumb" href=""><img style="float: left; margin-right: 10px;" src="" alt="" /></a> <a class="rpuTitle" href=""><strong>Oil surges on strong US manufacturing data</strong></a> (via <a class="rpuHost" href="">AFP</a>) <p class="rpuSnip">World oil prices surged Monday after stronger-than-expected <i>manufacturing</i> data in the United States, the world's top crude oil consumer, offset weaker figures in Europe. John Kilduff at Again Capital noted that with the beginning of the second quarter trading Monday, "there will be new money coming…</p> </div> <!-- put the "tease", "jump" or "more" break here --> <a href="" class="more-link"><span aria-label="Continue reading U.S. Manufacturing Shows Signs of Growth">(more…)</span></a></div>

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Oil prices drop as market focuses on Middle East

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Alaska’s Role in the Balance of Trade with China

Last week <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell</a> announced during a speech at The University of Alaska Anchorage's <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">MatSu College</a> he had met with officials in China regarding <i>trade</i> and suggested the possibility of exporting North Slope liquified natural gas to China. This effort is in response to the economic, political, and regulatory hurdles associated with the development of a natural gas pipeline to the lower 48 the state has been struggling with for years. The time is right as China seems anxious to equalize <u>trade</u> and has a significant energy need. There may even be opportunities for Chinese funding for infrastructure development to get the project off the ground. The state's motivations are twofold. First, new natural gas discoveries in the Lower 48 have reduced the price of gas making it no longer economically viable in the short-run to build a gas pipeline. Of course

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If You Don’t Have The Facts, It Might Be A Conspiracy

<h2><a href=""><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-556" title="371971kdqerp0qs" src="" alt="conspiracy"width="300" height="198" /></a>I’m all for a good conspiracy theory but…</h2> By Holly A. Bell My husband and I found ourselves with matching injuries this week: Severely bruised and swollen right shins and sore knees. There was a lot of limping and no one to feel sorry for us. His injury was the result of a tray full of food and a flight of stairs in a Japanese McDonalds, while mine involved ice and the running board of my car at an Alaska Avalanche game (Go Avs!). They say you start to look and act like your spouse over time, but we agreed we had probably taken it a little too far this time. At one point, legs elevated and packed in ice, we wondered if something might be broken and if we were going to need to see a doctor. The problem? While our injuries were

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