The Trump jobs era really is different
Dan Kopf, qz.com, August 2, 2018
In terms of job creation, if nothing else, Donald Trump seems quite similar to his predecessor. When you look closer, a lot has changed for certain industries. Under Trump, the situation for certain mining and manufacturing industries has greatly improved. Work in the category “Support activities for mining”—which includes jobs exploring mining sites—grew by almost 28% under Trump, compared to losses of about 23% in the last 16 months of Obama.
Our Take: Good for Alaska. Good for America! Headlamp will take 28% job growth over 23% job loss every day. Check out the chart in this article showing the industries gaining jobs under President Trump.
North Korea urges U.S. to drop sanctions as Seoul probes illicit coal shipments
Hyonhee Shin, Reuters, August 5, 2018
North Korean state media on Monday urged the United States to drop sanctions, as South Korea said it was investigating nine cases of coal shipments that potentially violated U.N. resolutions. Pyongyang had demonstrated good faith by ending nuclear weapons testing and returning the remains of U.S. troops killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, and the resolutions had lost a reason to exist, said the Rodong Sinmun, a mouthpiece of the ruling Workers’ Party. The statements came days after a confidential United Nations report concluded that North Korea had not halted nuclear and missile program, in breach of U.N. resolutions, and continued illegal trade in oil, coal and other commodities
Our Take: Drop sanctions? You haven’t stopped your nuclear program and are continuing to illegally trade other commodities. Survey says? No.
Amid tariff jitters, Alaska leaders say China-Alaska LNG relationship is a long-term ‘win-win’
Yereth Rosen, Arctic Today, August 6, 2018
With escalating trade tensions prompting China to threaten tariffs on U.S. liquefied natural gas, Alaska officials on Friday worked to calm fears that such a move would scuttle progress on the long-desired North Slope natural gas pipeline project. “Alaska’s vast reserves of natural gas can satisfy market demand for nearly a century, and short-term trade tensions do not change this long-term value proposition,” Gov. Bill Walker said in a statement. “Alaska LNG would be the largest job-creating infrastructure project in the country and would generate billions of dollars in revenue. My team and I will continue our work with the Trump Administration to ensure that Chinese and U.S. officials strike a fair compromise so that Alaska’s natural gas reaches the Chinese market”
As Alaska’s climate team floats carbon pricing, not everyone jumps on board
Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk, August 3, 2018
Gov. Bill Walker’s Climate Action Leadership Team met Thursday in Anchorage to discuss its draft climate action plan, which recommends Alaska consider a carbon tax — a fee paid by entities that produce or burn fossil fuels, like oil companies, aimed at reducing carbon emissions. But the plan is not a consensus document, and not every member of the team agrees that pricing carbon is a good idea.
Our Take: Headlamp shouldn’t be surprised that those who want carbon pricing have the least ability to make an impact on carbon emissions. Shout out to Lorali Simon, an ex-officio member of the team, for her comment “I think a carbon tax is a horrible idea”. Simon expressed concern for the potential impact to the economy and jobs.
Threat of cyber-attack prompts change in Alaska primary
Mary Simton, KTVA, August 5, 2018
Early voting for the state’s primary elections starts Monday. However, there is a slight change to the process this year due to the current threat of foreign cyber-attacks. The Alaska Division of Elections (DOE) said it is suspending the return of ballots online until security advancements can be made to the state voting system.
From the Washington Examiner’s Daily on Energy:
SEC ENDS ITS CLIMATE CHANGE PROBE OF EXXON MOBIL: The Securities and Exchange Commission has dropped its investigation of Exxon Mobil over whether the oil and gas giant misled investors by not accounting for the impact that climate change has on its business.
Exxon confirmed on Friday that the SEC told the company it is ending the two-year investigation.
Law says: Under U.S. law, public companies must tell shareholders about risks or uncertainties related to their business. In Exxon’s case, its oil and gas operations lead to greenhouse gas emissions when consumers use their products. The companies have been accused of concealing the fact that warming could significantly disrupt their ocean energy exploration activities in Arctic regions.
Our Take: Cities and states should stop wasting their time and money. The courts have thrown out most of these cases, reasoning that climate change is a political question.