After thoroughly reviewing the Alaska Supreme Court’s decision to remove unconstitutional sections of Ballot Measure #1 and allowing it to appear on the November statewide ballot, three House Republicans on the House Resources Committee issued the following statements. “While the most obvious unconstitutional portions have been removed, this remains a poorly written measure,” said Rep. Chris Birch (R-Anchorage). “If passed, certain provisions could still face constitutional challenges and will result in the loss of jobs and investment. These are consequences Alaskan’s take seriously and our economy can’t afford.”
Our Take: It’s good to hear from someone on the resources committee. It would be nice to hear whether the co-chairs, Reps Josephson and Tarr, share the sentiment of these members – that the initiative is a job-killing, economy-killing nightmare.
EU Urges End to ‘US LNG Red-Tape
Mark Smedley, Natural Gas News, August 9, 2018
The European Commission (EC) said August 9 that increasing imports of US LNG into the European Union since April 2016 are welcome, but that US red tape over their export should be scrapped. It said that since the first US LNG arrived in the EU (at Sines, Portugal) in April 2016, more than 40 US LNG cargoes have been imported, amounting to the equivalent of 2.8bn m3 gas. But US legislation still requires prior regulatory approval for LNG to Europe, it added: “These restrictions need to be addressed and US rules made easier for US LNG to be exported to the EU.”
With warming Arctic, Russian navy gets larger areas to patrol
Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer, August 9, 2018
Eight vessels from Russia’s Northern Fleet set sail from the fleet’s main base in Severomorsk on the Kola Peninsula Wednesday heading northeast on a long-distance Arctic voyage, according to the press service of the fleet. “The main goal for the vessels in the Arctic expedition of the Northern Fleet is to ensure safety of maritime navigation and other types of Russia’s maritime economic activity in the Arctic zone,” the announcement reads.
From the Washington Examiner, Daily on Energy:
SEN. RON JOHNSON DEMANDS TRUMP EXPLAIN ‘ARBITRARY’ STEEL TARIFF EXEMPTION PROCESS: Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., demanded on Thursday that the Trump administration better explain its process for how some companies are granted exemptions to steel tariffs, claiming that businesses in his Midwest state find decisions to be “arbitrary.”
Johnson, whose state hosts the second most manufacturing-heavy job market in the U.S., wrote to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that the administration’s denial of an exemption request for one Wisconsin business cost it $2.6 million.
Shared ‘frustration’: “Across the country, many businesses share the same frustration about the difficult and time-consuming process,” wrote Johnson, the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.
Our Take: Follow the rules, follow the process, don’t grant exemptions to your friends and arbitrarily deny them to others. It seems pretty basic.