Headlamp – Canada and Caribou. Climate Change and Carbon Tax.

Alaska’s Draft Climate Change Plan
Climate Action Leadership Team, July 27, 2018

Governor Walker’s climate action leadership team released their draft climate change plan last Friday. AK HEADLAMP shouldn’t be surprised by the narrative below – but we are disappointed. At the same time that we are celebrating what the Governor, today, called an “exploration renaissance” on the North Slope – his team is advocating for less reliance on fossil fuels.  

3.1 Support and incentivize energy efficiency, renewable energy, de-carbonization and electrification 40 across all sectors.

In order to move toward a climate resilient economy, characterized by less reliance on fossil fuels for energy, the State must embrace local clean energy that can power value-added economic development. Diversification in this way will strengthen the State’s economy overall and increase opportunities for local residents.

Yukon’s government is launching its own study of drilling impacts in Alaska’s Arctic refuge
Arctic Today, Yereth Rosen, July 30, 2018

While the Trump administration is preparing studies leading up to its planned oil leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the government across the border is launching its own analysis of oil development impacts. The government of Canada’s Yukon Territory — which opposes ANWR oil development — is on the verge of awarding a contract for a study of oil-development impacts on the Porcupine caribou herd.

Our Take: AKHEADLAMP can save Canada time and money – according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the caribou herd which migrates north each summer into the oil fields near Prudhoe Bay has been growing. One explanation for the increasing population – good calf production and survival and high survival of adults. Pregnant cows bear calves on land near operating oil fields. There is no evidence that oil development has harmed the herd.  

Full-scale bailout for industries impacted by tariffs would cost $39 billion, Chamber of Commerce says
CNBC, Jeff Cox, July 30, 2018

  • Bailing out all the industries affected by President Donald Trump’s import tariffs could cost taxpayers $39 billion, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
  • The president recently approved $12 billion in aid to farmers, even though some of them said they didn’t want it.
  • Prominent congressional Republicans opposed the bailout, which a Chamber official called “a slippery — and costly — slope.”

Our Take: Seems simple enough “The best way to protect American industries from the damaging consequences of a trade war is to avoid entering into a trade war in the first place,” Neil Bradley, the organization’s executive vice president and chief policy officer, said in a statement.

Charles Koch, network send GOP a message: We’re happy to back Democrats who share our policy goals
CNBC, Brian Schwartz, July 29, 2018

Leaders of the political network financed by billionaire industrialist Charles Koch called on their top donors to back them in a new initiative: Supporting Democratic lawmakers on issues the organization believe reflect its priorities. According to the organizations CEO, Emily Seidel “If you are a Republican who sits on the committee that wrote the worst spending bill in our country’s history and you voted for it, you’re darn right we will hold you accountable.” In July, Americans for Prosperity unleashed a digital advertising campaign in support of North Dakota Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp, thanking her for co-sponsoring the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protect Act, a bill that rolls back Dodd-Frank Act regulations mainly on community banks, or those with less than $100 billion in assets. It recently passed in Congress with bipartisan support.

Why is Saudi halting oil shipments through the Red Sea?
Reuters, Stephen Kalin and Rania El Gamal, July 30, 2018

Saudi Arabia announced last week it was suspending oil shipments through the Red Sea’s Bab al-Mandeb strait after Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis attacked two ships in the waterway. To date, no other exporters have followed suit. A full blockage of the strategic waterway would virtually halt shipment to Europe and the United States of about 4.8 million of crude oil and refined petroleum products per day.