Skip to comments.Obama war on oil production threatens Alaska pipeline
Posted on 05/11/2011 4:27:46 PM PDT by Nachum
I''m glad Andrew Sullivan has responded to my Sarah Palin piece. You'd hate to write as much about her as I did and not have it register on the Dish. That would be like if you were a large white whale and Ahab just ignored you.
Andrew's response covers a lot of terrain, and I agree with his point that Alaska is essentially a socialist state, or more accurately, a ward of the federal government (for more on that, see this excellent Charles Homans piece in the Washington Monthly). In fact, its perverse tax structure is one reason why Alaska became such a corrupt mess--it levies no sales or income tax, and relies almost exclusively on oil taxes and royalties (plus the feds). So it's no wonder that the oil interests' political power grew to the point of corruption. But that wasn't Palin's doing--and she, more than anyone, fought against it.
Andrew's other big gripe is, I'm afraid, a bit of a straw man woman. He suggests that I've presented Palin as being "deep down, a bipartisan progressive reformer, foiled by a cynical McCain campaign," some sort of pointy-headed wonk who'd "rather be discussing healthcare policy at the New America Foundation." (Heh.) Furthermore, I am "reckless" for not realizing that:
Palin is not and never was driven by policy but resentments... That oil tax was a way to get back at the Republicans she hated (and who had humiliated her), and to win power by a populist appeal, backed by a virulent Christianism - hostile to the moneyed elites of the GOP and unmentioned by Josh.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...
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“a populist appeal, backed by a virulent Christianism - hostile to the moneyed elites of the GOP”
Present and accounted for, sir! (-:
Basically, when it comes right down to it, bad anti business government policies and regulations are to blame for high gas and oil prices.
The House is voting on the Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act today which, among other things, would require the administration to allow drilling in at least 50 percent of the Outer Continental Shelf, including the Arctic. Also today, The Wall Street Journal's Russell Gold has a great article on how President Obama’s efforts to stop new oil fields in Alaska is threatening to shut down the entire Alaska pipeline:
Unless a technological solution can be found, the arcane physics of crude flow may force the multibillion dollar, 48-inch-wide steel pipeline to shut down and determine the fate of the largest oil field ever found in the U.S. ... Theres one other, seemingly simple fix: Add more oil. If I could ask for one thing, it is to figure out how to get more oil into this pipe, says Tom Barrett, president of the pipelines owner, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. But production from Alaskas giant oil fields has been falling for years. Turning that around would require drilling in new areas, some of them environmentally sensitive and most controlled by the federal government.
So just how many barrels of oil could we lose if Obama does not reverse course and allow new oil production in Alaska?
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) contains an estimated 10 billion barrels of oil.
The Beaufort Sea contains an estimated 7 billion barrels of oil.
The Chukchi Sea contains an estimated 15 billion barrels of oil.
But that is not all. If the pipeline becomes inoperable because of a lack of oil production, all of the available oil in the already developed North Slope. That would be another 22 billion barrels of oil lost.
That's more than 50 billion barrels of oil Obama is willing to keep out of the hands of American consumers.
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/05/obama-war-oil-production-threatens-alaska-pipeline#ixzz1M5x2kwH8 I'm not sure what was cut-and-pasted, but this is the relevant article. NOT a inside-the-beltway columnist cat fight about who-wrote-what-when about Palin.