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Saturday, June 13, 2009

TransCanada-ExxonMobil Agreement Moves Alaska Gas Pipeline Project Forward

"TransCanada Corporation and ExxonMobil announced in Dallas, TX [on June 11, 2009] that they...have agreed to work together to progress the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) Gas Pipeline Project" (AGIA, 2009, ¶1).

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin celebrates a landmark agreement between TransCanada and ExxonMobil to partner together in building Alaska’s natural gas pipeline – the largest and most complex construction project in North America. Governor Palin, center, is joined by (left to right) Marty Massey, Joint interest Manager for Exxon Mobil; Alaska Department of Natural Resources Deputy Commissioner Marty Rutherford; Rich Krueger, President of Exxon Mobil Production Company; Hal Kvisle, President and CEO of TransCanada Corporation; and Dennis McConaghy, Executive Vice-President of Pipeline Strategy and Development.

Following is the remainder of Governor Palin's release in its entirety, followed by commentary.

AGIA was created as a commercial vehicle for advancing the Alaska gas pipeline project through the first stages of development of what will be the largest private energy project in the world. "In a volatile world with growing energy needs, the time is now to develop Alaska's valuable resource for the environment, economy and national security,” Governor Palin said. She further described this historic announcement as “very encouraging and exciting, but certainly no surprise, because AGIA was crafted to allow just this type of commercial alignment to take place” (AGIA, 2009, ¶2).

For the State of Alaska and Alaskans, the owners of the North Slope’s world-class hydrocarbon resources, this event represents progress on this long lead-time project. Once construction begins, Alaska will experience economic growth not seen in over a generation, including potentially thousands of jobs created through construction of an open-access pipeline, as well as significant revenues generated from the production and sale of the gas (AGIA, 2009, ¶3).

Governor Palin said, “The Legislature voted in support of AGIA and subsequently supported issuing TransCanada the AGIA License because the legislators recognized the importance of this investment to our state’s economic future. AGIA and its ‘must haves’ protect the value of the resources that belong to all Alaskans. Of course, we recognize that this step is not the end of the AGIA process, but it is the natural evolution for a project of this magnitude.” Wednesday in Dallas, Governor Palin met with Hal Kvisle, TransCanada president, and Rich Kruger, president of ExxonMobil Production Company, to discuss the proposed alignment. Governor Palin said, “The meeting not only confirmed TransCanada’s commitment to the AGIA License, but also ExxonMobil’s commitment to continue to advance the Alaska Gasline project with TransCanada, including as additional alignments are reached with other stakeholders.” For TransCanada and ExxonMobil, the alignment provides a mutual benefit by bringing together the key skills of two world-class companies to effectively advance a project of maximum value and mutual benefit. For other producer and explorer companies, this project ensures their discovered resources can be transported to market, and at the lowest reasonable transportation cost. For America, this announcement means an affordable and clean source of energy is on its way and that, as a nation, we are much closer to domestic energy independence. “ExxonMobil recognizes that the State of Alaska has set a course for commercializing the North Slope’s trillions of cubic feet of known natural gas reserves,” the governor said. “By recognizing the value of Alaska’s relationship with TransCanada, ExxonMobil has made a strategic decision that I believe makes good sense. Alaskans will also be pleased to know that TransCanada’s obligations to the state as the AGIA licensee are 100 percent intact and unaltered by this alignment with ExxonMobil,” a fact that was echoed by Kvisle. AGIA involved an open and competitive bidding process and resulted in granting a license to TransCanada to move the project forward through one or more Open Seasons and eventual FERC certification. By providing matching funds during the risky development phase of this project, the state has secured commitments from TransCanada to conduct an Open Season by 2010 (AGIA, 2009, ¶4).

The mandated commercial provisions of the AGIA License also protect the long-term interests of the state by ensuring that pipeline transportation tariffs will remain low. This will protect the “net back” value of the state’s natural gas, which will provide Alaska’s economic base for future generations. These same provisions guarantee that new gas discoveries will be provided access to the pipeline and that any expansions of the pipeline will not result in tariffs that unduly burden new explorers for gas. The next major milestone in the AGIA process is the 2010 Open Season, slated to begin sometime in the second quarter of 2010. The regulatory, design, engineering and cost work leading up to this, and the feedback received in the form of commitments made, will play an important role in continuing the progress made to date (AGIA, 2009, ¶5).

AGIA Facts:

  • Governor Palin introduced Alaskans to AGIA in January 2007, promising swift movement to get Alaska's gas to market.

  • Alaska legislators passed AGIA 58 to 1 in May 2007.

  • Five entities expressed interest in applying for the AGIA license to proceed with specific commitments from the State of Alaska.

  • Private-sector competition created by AGIA encouraged another pipeline project, Denali, to begin down another path to bring Alaska's gas to market.

  • Alaska legislators awarded the AGIA license to TC Alaska in August 2008.

  • TransCanada pre-filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in May 2009.

  • When built, the natural gas pipeline is expected to carry roughly 4 bcf/day, supplying up to 8 percent of the United States' annual consumption.

  • TransCanada is a leader in developing and operating energy infrastructure in North America.

  • ExxonMobil is the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company.


Governor Palin through her AGIA is turning a 30-year-old pipe dream into not one but two gas pipelines. The AGIA project as documented above will bring natural gas from Alaska's North Slope to the continental United States via a connection in Alberta, Canada. The Denali project will be a smaller intra-state pipeline.

Governor Palin is doing what should be done -- exploring, developing, and using domestic energy sources. By so doing she is reducing our dependence on foreign sources -- many of which come from nations hostile to our interests. Domestic energy is also cheaper. We need more pipelines, more refineries, more power plants. Governor Palin is the right person to get the job done. She does not just talk about domestic energy development. She develops it.

Few elected officials have Governor Palin's subject matter expertise on energy exploration, production, generation, transmission, and distribution.

She chaired "the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), a multi-state government agency that promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources while protecting health, safety and the environment. She was recently named chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) Natural Resources Committee, which is charged with pursuing legislation to ensure state needs are considered as federal policy is formulated in the areas of agriculture, energy, environmental protection and natural resource management. Prior to being named to this position, she served as co-chair of this committee" (Governor's Biography, ¶7).

This pipeline will be North America's largest infrastructure project. A project of this size and scope requires a proven track record in project management and executive skill. Governor Palin built and honed this skill over 17 years from her early days on the Wasilla City Council, and Mayor of her hometown, as chair of the IOGCC, and as Governor. Even her time spent on a commercial fishing boat as her husband's employee, sportscasting and waiting tables -- all these experiences involving running a successful business, handling and administering money, and performing hard physical labor -- adds up to the Sarah Palin we know today.

She has every reason to hold her head high and proud; she has every reason to strut in her Franco Sarto red high heels with a little more swagger. Governor Palin through AGIA provided us with a real stimulus package!


Dobson, C. (2009, June 11). TransCanada and ExxonMobil work together on Alaska pipeline project. TransCanada Corporation. Retrieved June 11, 2009 from: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/pdf/AK-TC-EM_ProgressPipelineProject_June11-2009.pdf

Governor Palin's Biography. (n.d). State of Alaska, Governor. Retrieved June 11, 2009 from: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/bio.php

Historic agreement moves AGIA forward. Governor applauds private-sector alignment. (2009, June 11). State of Alaska, Governor. Retrieved June 11, 2009 from: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1901

The Alaska Gasline Inducement Act. (n.d.). State of Alaska, Governor. Retrieved June 11, 2009 from: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/agia/

TransCanada and ExxonMobil Partnership Materials. (n.d.). State of Alaska, Governor. Retrieved June 11, 2009 from: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/agia/agia_tc-em.php

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David Letterman Is Finding Out That Statutory Rape Is No Joke

Outrage continues over David Letterman's misogynist jokes about Sarah Palin and her 14-year-old daughter Willow. The late-night comedian tried to backpedal with a statement that he mistook Willow for her 18-year-old sister Bristol. No one is buying that - least of all, Sarah Palin. Even if he had been referring to Bristol, the jokes would still have been inappropriate and distasteful.

It is a well-known fact that David Letterman despises Sarah Palin, and this is not his first attack on the Palin family. However, this time he has crossed the line. And his despicable comments may well have unleashed a sleeping giant in the moral conscience of this nation.

Among those who have spoken out against David Letterman’s perverted verbal attack on Sarah Palin’s underage daughter is former running mate John McCain, who
said, "I hope that remarks like that are out of bounds. She is a 14-year-old girl and to be referred to in that fashion is highly inappropriate.” He also told Reuters, "I don't understand why Letterman would say that about a young woman. (The Palins) deserve some kind of protection from being the butt of late-night hosts."

RNC Chairman Michael Steele suggested a boycott of Letterman's television show. In a statement to The Hill, Steele said, "Letterman's joke about Sarah and Todd Palin's daughter was thoughtless and tacky. I saw his explanation for the joke, but sometimes the easiest thing to do is simply say 'I'm sorry.'"

In a letter to CBS CEOLes Moonves, New York State Assemblyman Brian Kolb called for the firing of David Letterman. In a subsequent written statement, Kolb said, “As the proud father of a daughter, and as a husband, I wanted Mr. Moonves to hear from me directly about Mr. Letterman’s disparaging remarks….Firing Mr. Letterman would send a clear message that CBS will not tolerate any of its employees — even an established media figure like Mr. Letterman — making demeaning and degrading comments about women.”

Michelle Malkin wrote David Letterman a letter of her own and started out with this question, “Will you teach your son to talk about women and girls the way you talk about Sarah Palin and her daughters?”

Greta van Susteren, who was also appalled by Letterman’s remarks,
posted the video of Sarah Palin’s remarks to Matt Bauer on the Today Show on GretaWire. She opened a thread for bloggers to comment on Letterman's remarks and has posted an online poll, where, at last count, 79 % of respondents have recommended firing David Letterman.

Wendy Wright, president of the women’s advocacy group, Concerned Women for America, said this to FOXnews.com: "There's a saying that out of the heart, the mouth speaks, and Letterman's statement reveals a pretty ugly reflection of who Letterman may be.”

In a statement on their website, the National Organization of Women (NRO)
said, “The sexualization of girls and women in the media is reaching new lows these days -- it is exploitative and has a negative effect on how all women and girls are perceived and how they view themselves. Letterman also joked about what he called Palin's "slutty flight attendant look" -- yet another example of how the media love to focus on a woman politician's appearance, especially as it relates to her sexual appeal to men."

Team Sarah is urging its members to contact CBS about the Letterman remarks and has provided a link to the online feedback form for CBS:
http://www.cbs.com/info/user_services/fb_global_form.php and a link for filing a formal complaint with the FCC: http://esupport.fcc.gov/complaints.htm.

HillBuzz had this to say: “… if we keep up the pressure on Letterman’s advertisers and succeed in getting three big names like The Olive Garden, MARS Candy, and Kelloggs to drop sponsorhip of the Late Show, that we can seriously decrease the prices CBS is able to charge for advertising on his show, making Letterman much, much less of a cash cow for the network.”

Conservative bloggers across the Internet are blasting David Letterman for his sexual verbal attack on Sarah Palin’s 14-year-old daughter However, most of the liberal media have dismissed Letterman’s crude remarks as “just another joke”

How has the conscience of the radical left been so seared that they condone this type of behavior? Only their hatred and fear of a woman who represents the conservative values that made this nation strong and against which they are rebelling, can explain this attitude.

Apparently, it raises their ire to see a beautiful, successful woman who has worked hard and “walked the walk” achieve what most women only dream of. And beneath it all, I believe, is an anger generated by the awakening of a conscience that has been suppressed in rebellion against the morals and values our forefathers held as they founded a Christian nation.

Several major efforts are underway to demand censure for David Letterman’s unconscionable actions:

1. Media Research Center founder, Brent Bozell, denounced Letterman’s attack during an interview on Fox News. A
press release issued by MRC demanded an apology from David Letterman. and includes a link to another article on their site that documents previous attacks by Letterman on the Palin family. Brent Bozell has called upon members of the MRC Action Team to deluge CBS with letters demanding a full and public apology from David Letterman. MRC has provided the following contact information:

Leslie MoonvesCBS President and CEO(323) 575-2345
Rob BurnettExecutive Producer, The Late Show(212)975-5300

2. Tim Wildmon, President of the American Family Association has issued a
statement condemning Letterman’s “crude sexual jokes” and calling on CBS for a “full and sincere” apology from David Letterman. A link to an Action Alert with a letter that can be signed and submitted to the chairman of CBS Television Chairman is provided, along with this additional contact information for Chairman Redstone:

Sumner Redstone, Chairman CBS Television 51 W. 52nd St.New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-258-6000 (Be polite!)or: 212-975-4321Fax: 212-975-4516
Sumner Redstone, CBS Television

3. Michael Patrick Leahy has set up a website called
Fire David Letterman, which contains a link that allows you to add your name to a letter “that will be sent to CBS and all sponsors of David Letterman's Late Night Show stating that you will not purchase any product sold by a sponsor of his program until CBS fires him!” A list of sponsors of the David Letterman Show as well as this contact information for CBS is provided:

CBS Television
Main number: 212-975-4321 Les Moonves, President and CEO � CBS, 212-975-4545,

Nina Tassler, President � CBS Entertainment, 323-575-2747,
Mike Nelson, VP Communications, 818-655-2156, mjnelson@cbs.comCBS Television Studios Lauri Metrose, VP Communications, 818-655-7223,
Jennifer Solari, Executive Director Communications, 818-655-7222,
Kim Sartori, Director Communications, 818-655-7221,

Additional “Fire David Letterman” sites have been set up on
Ning and on Facebook.

A FIRE DAVID LETTERMAN RALLY is planned for Monday, June 15, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm outside theEd Sullivan Theater at 1697 Broadway, New York City. (Letterman begins taping his show at 4:30 pm.) Everyone within 4 hours of New York is urged to attend and bring “creative but PG-rated” signs. More details are forthcoming, and a request for additional volunteers has been issued. Those interested in participating should sign the petition on the main website.


4. An effort is being organized to contact the sponsors of the Rahal-Letterman racing team of Bobby Rahal and David Letterman. Gary will be posting more information on this effort.

5. A list of Letterman Advertisers and contact information has been posted at Free Republic.

Related Articles:

Bozell to Letterman: Apologize Like a Real Man

Flashbacks: Letterman Has Derided Sarah Palin Before (with videos) http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/2009/20090612093637.aspx

Governor Palin Speaks Out Against Sexism and Misogyny (Palin's Accomplishments)

Gov Palin Blasts Letterman http://gretawire.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/06/12/gov-palin-blasts-letterman/

Gov. Palin willing to forgive, but not forget (TX4P)

It's Time for David Letterman to Go! (SPWB) http://sarahpalininternetcoalitionblogger.blogspot.com/2009/06/its-time-for-david-letterman-to-go.html

The Latest on Letterman (C4P) http://www.conservatives4palin.com/2009/06/latest-on-letterman.html

Letterman "Jokes" About Palin's Daughter http://www.now.org/issues/media/hall-of-shame/

New York Lawmaker Calls on CBS to Fire Letterman for Palin Comments

Palin Says Letterman "Crossed the Line," Rejects "Convenient" Apology

Sarah Palin Has 'No Intention' To Appear on David Letterman's Show (FoxNews)

Sarah Palin: Letterman Owes Women An Apology

Women's Advocacy Group Leader Blasts Letterman's Jokes About Palin, Calls for Apology http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,525882,00.html