Headlamp – What does child labor in the Congo have to do with Alaska?

Is there such a thing as an ethical electric car?
CNN Tech, May 2, 2018

The Democratic Republic of Congo is at the epicenter of a modern-day “gold rush” for cobalt, about a fifth of which is dug out of makeshift artisanal mines by hand. The mineral is an essential component in the rechargeable batteries powering electric vehicles and cellphones – but at what cost? CNN’s findings show that the companies profiting from the clean energy revolution have a problem: They can’t prove that children aren’t involved in their supply chains.

Our Take: We refer you to @Jason Brune’s tweet today: “Companies profiting from the clean energy revolution have a problem: they can’t prove that children aren’t’ involved in their supply chain.” Let’s develop these minerals responsibly here in the US and protect lives, children and the environment.

Buzios hopefuls team up with Chinese yards
Upstream, May 2, 2018

Industry officials said that at least five international engineering, procurement and construction contractors that have received price quotes from Chinese sub-contracting partners are ready to submit commercial bids for the Buzios-5 FPSO towards the end of this month, if not further delayed.

Our Take: The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) is pursuing a similar strategy to use an engineering, procurement and construction contractor to build segments of the Alaska LNG project – with the Chinese. It’s important for Alaskans to understand how this can work and the pros and cons of such an approach.

Energy Secretary gets taste of Alaska travel woes on Day 2 of Alaska tour
KTUU, Kortnie Horazdovsky, May 2, 2018

Sen. Murkowski told Channel 2 Wednesday afternoon from Fairbanks that Perry’s visit as Energy Secretary – one promised to her during the confirmation process – was a good eye-opener to how things in Alaska really work. “It’s been an important visit for him. Certainly, he is appreciating the size and scope of Alaska. Going from Kodiak to Prudhoe gives you an appreciation of what we’re dealing with here,” she said.

More than 50 Members, Stakeholders Call on Admin to Scrap Obama Mineral Withdrawals
Congressional Western Caucus, Tanner Hanson, May 2, 2018

“Today, we implore this Administration to take a closer look at several improper mineral withdrawals that were planned behind closed doors and executed in unprecedented haste by the last Administration. These massive mineral estate removals proved devastating to local communities, imperiling good-paying jobs and shattering investor and mining company confidence. The Trump Administration has done an incredible job signaling that it supports responsible job creation and opposes arbitrary or political violations of the rule of law.”

Our Take: Read the story above about child labor in the Congo. The case for developing Alaska’s, and the US’s rare earth minerals is strong!

Oil-Pricing Skirmish Heats Up as Chinese Trader Seeks Saudi Cuts
Bloomberg, Serene Cheong, May 2, 2018

Unipec, which buys crude for giant Chinese processor Sinopec, is seeking a 40 percent cut to Saudi oil volumes versus supplies available under long-term contracts for June loading, according to a senior official at the trading company. That’s because the world’s biggest crude exporter has set prices too high for grades such as Arab Light and Arab Medium, he said, asking not to be identified because of internal policy.

Our Take: Sinopec is involved with AGDC and recently sent representatives to Alaska to learn more about the Alaska LNG project.