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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Obama's Latest Power Grab: Alaska's Pipeline

Obama's abuse of executive power and disregard for states' rights is astounding. And the Democrats are going right along with his dismantling of the American Dream. Just a few days ago, the Democratic-controlled Senate voted down Senator Jim DeMint's Land Grab Amendment, with which he attempted to block Obama from his secretly planned land grab of 10 million more acres of America.

Now Obama is planning something even more insidious: he plans to put the Alaska Pipeline, the decades-old dream that Sarah Palin turned into reality, under the control of the executive office. Can you imagine that? How dare he! When will America say enough is enough and impeach this traitor!

Those familiar with the players in this game believe that Obama’s true intentions are not promotion but sabotage of the pipeline efforts. Gary Jackson at A Time for choosing has explained in detail Obama's political connections in Alaska and how he is planning to use his political hacks to seize Alaska's pipeline. MelBryant at Conservatives for Palin has also written a detailed article about the proposed pipeline grab. So I won't attempt to add to that discussion, but I strongly urge you to read their articles.

Some highlights from Gary's article:
The gasline is something Alaskan’s have worked toward for 50 years. Building the pipeline, or at least starting the thing, has been a campaign promise made by pretty much every Gubernatorial candidate for decades.

Sarah Palin made the fulfilment of this half a century old dream a centerpiece of her administration. So important was this project to Alaska and Sarah Palin, on her very first day in office she started putting a team together and drafting the plan that would become legislation known as the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) This was very popular legislation with only one legislator, Ralph Samuels voting against it.


At first glance, this looks good, right? Obama is finally realizing we need to develop our own resources, after loaning his buddy George Soros’ Brazilian oil company, Petrobas, ten billion dollars to drill offshore in Brazil. And maybe Obama is trying to steal Sarah Palin’s thunder here.

Unfortunately, I believe you’d be wrong, and I believe my colleague is, as well. I don’t think Obama is trying to steal credit for this deal, I think he is trying to kill it.

Frankly, when has Obama done anything to support energy development in America? On the contrary, Obama and his minions have openly worked to thwart any and all domestic development of natural resources.


Look, I want to stress here that at this point, we aren’t really sure what Obama and his crew are up to, but if past is prologue, you can be pretty confident they are up to no good. There is absolutely a reason why this particular fellow, Larry Persily, was chosen.

Think about it, why would a “journalist” with ties to a far left hate website, that spreads lies about Sarah Palin on a daily basis be chosen as a “federal energy coordinator” and be given control of her signature achievement?

Sarah Palin is one of the most accomplished Governors in the nation. Her list of achievements are great, but the one thing that she really takes great pride in, is her and her administration’s incredible achievement in setting up AGIA and forging the deal with TransCanada and Exxon-Mobil. This is the largest construction project in North American history, and an achievement that any person would take great pride in. This gasline will go a long way towards making America energy independent.

We know that Sarah Palin is a force of nature, come campaign season she will be all over the country spreading her message of liberty, freedom, and common sense conservatism. Most people consider Sarah a front runner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, and a shoe-in to be the 45th President. What do you think the collapse of one of her signature accomplishments would mean?

Persily, who is openly hostile to Sarah Palin, will be in a position to effect the TransCanada deal.

This doesn’t pass the smell test at all. We are going to be looking into this a lot further, but for now we are cautioning readers to be on alert, and know that Obama, and his gangster regime are up to something.

Additional points from Mel Bryant's article:
Almost one year ago, C4P predicted that the president would eventually attempt to take over, and take credit for, Governor Palin's work to get Alaska a natural gas pipeline (you can read more about AGIA here and here).


After spending months attacking Palin and obstructing her legislative agenda, Persily got called up to the big leagues. Just like Kim Elton. Funny how that worked out.

Now the president's looking to increase the power of Persily's position.

Adrienne Ross at Motivation - Truth writes:
This begs the question: Has President Obama suddenly seen the light--or is he trying to snuff it out?

She sums the whole situation up succinctly:
Smell anything yet? Apparently Denmark is not the only place where rotten things reek.

On the heels of the announcement of Obama's plans came today’s troubling news (h/tp Ron Devito) at the Juneau Empire:
Legislative opponents of Trans-Canada Corp.'s state-backed natural gas pipeline project stripped much of the money Gov. Sean Parnell has sought for the state's role in pushing it forward from the budget adopted by the House Finance Committee on Tuesday.


House Democrats who had backed the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act under which Trans-Canada had won state support criticized the cuts as an attack on the gasline.

At a press conference Tuesday, House Minority Leader Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, warned the Legislature could stall as pro-industry representatives attempt to reopen fights over gas pipeline and oil tax issues from the last few years.

"We're headed for some kind of meltdown," she said.

The money Parnell requested would have been used by the Departments of Law, Revenue and Natural Resources for the state's role in moving toward a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission certificate for the Alaska Pipeline Project. The project is sponsored by Trans-Canada with partner ExxonMobil under AGIA. A competing pipeline sponsored by ConocoPhillips and BP also is in the works.

Hawker denied anything "skulduggerous" was happening in an attempt to stop the Trans-Canada effort to which he had earlier opposed. He said the move was a reaction to Alaskans who have let him know they wanted more scrutiny on the issue.

Hawker said under the budget passed by the committee, the administration would receive 30 percent of what Parnell said was needed. It would receive the remainder when the Parnell administration shows that TransCanada successfully receives commitments to ship gas in an "open season" scheduled to begin May 1.

"I'm looking to balance this so the Legislature can't be accused of hamstringing or otherwise making it impossible for the AGIA process to continue forward," Hawker said.

Democrats said Hawker's test would be impossible to pass, because the open-season process was only the beginning of negotiations.

Rep. Les Gara said the "precedent agreement" that the budget called for was impossible to meet. Such an agreement is an unconditional bid to ship gas, while experts who have testified to the Legislature said to expect conditional bids as a way to begin negotiations.

"There's going to be no precedent agreement; we all know that," Gara said.

Gara warned that withholding the money sought by Parnell could delay the state's ability to meet its commitments under AGIA and could weaken the state's hand in forcing BP, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil to develop a pipeline.

"They're not going to move ahead with a gas line on their own. We have to push them," Gara said.


The Finance Committee also cut money for the Parnell administration to work on an in-state gas line to Southcentral after Hakwer questioned "the commitment of this administration in moving this project forward."

Other legislative bills would take responsibility for in-state gas away from Parnell, and vest it elsewhere.

Gas pipeline funding, both for the in-state gasline and AGIA pipeline work, remains a priority for this administration and we will continue to work with both the House and Senate to restore full funding," said Sharon Leighow, Parnell's spokesperson.

It might be worthwhile to note here this bit of information from yesterday's article at Juneau Empire.
Persily currently works for House Finance Committee Co-chair Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage, but has bipartisan support in the state as well as Washington, D.C.

It looks like Obama's hacks in Alaska are already at work doing his dirty work for him.

It is time for Americans to stand with Governor Palin and Governor Parnell to block this egregious abuse of power by the Obama Administration and its minions. It is time for Americans to stand up and speak out on this and other issues - while there still is time.