Fancy propaganda ads will
not cover the truth
By Mike Moyer
April 13, 2006
I was glad to see our governor so active in negotiating a deal
with the oil companies, however we must be careful not to get
too excited about his discussions.
Right off the bat I was concerned with the attempt to vilify
the use of an "Outside" consulting firm to gather information
in this matter. Certainly the Oil Companies are more than just
"Outside" firms they are "Worldwide" firms.
Using all the possible information sources to make a decision
worth BILLIONS of dollars is a very wise move.
At present the world production of oil has been reduced for many
reasons but without question one of the main reasons is profit.
Large mega corporations don't do anything by chance, or mistake
and they certainly will go after product in the ground in Alaska,
regardless whether our governor makes a deal with them, or they
have an increased surcharge of 5% on their profits.
The governor acts as if we are dealing with a spoiled child that
will throw a temper tantrum, break all his oil toys, cross his
arms and stomp off in a huff if he doesn t get his way. WELL
let's not forget that when the Prudhoe Bay pipeline deal was
being negotiated the oil companies threatened to leave the oil
in the ground if they didn't get their way. They didn't want
to make ANY royalty payments but smart Alaskans held out and
we're glad they did!! I'll be darned they built that pipeline
The future of oil production will be based on profit, and today
that profit future is in question, unless the price of oil goes
up. New propulsion technologies, including the increasing sales
of more fuel efficient vehicles, will drive the price of fuel
up. Since less fuel will be sold to consumers, production will
be decreased, and the price will go up to compensate. Less fuel
plus higher prices and corporations will still make billions,
for a very long time to come.
Fancy propaganda newspaper ads will not cover the truth that
Alaskan oil and gas WILL be mined. We don't need to make any
nice guy deals with the corporations. We should instead decide
how much they should pay us for the right to mine Alaska's natural
resources, and negotiate from a position of strength.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Mike Moyer is a fourth generation Alaskan.
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