Alaska needs to wise up about federal transportation money   Leave a comment

Yes, we do, but not in the way Lois Epstein suggests in the Alaska Dispatch News —

Alaska needs to get real world work up very very soon. We need to build the roads to resources now while we can afford them rather than waiting until we are out of money and the resources we need to replenish our coffers are unavailable because we never built the roads that would access them.

Much as people who live in Anchorage may think their roads need to be perfectly groomed, the fact is that the road to the Ambler Mining District is a great deal more cost effective than the Seward Highway. It will provide access to resources Alaska will need to be able to sell when the federal government is no longer able to bribe us into acquiescence to their regulatory strangulation. The Knik Crossing will provide access to a new Anchorage Port that can speed the sale of those resources. Umiat will provide access to entirely new oil and gas development — a completely new field that is estimated to have nearly the capacity of Prudhoe Bay.

Ms. Epstein is a Program Director for the Wilderness Society. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that she is anti-development. As far as she is concerned, Alaska should be a national park and its people, if we continue to live here at all, should be employees of the National Parks Service, dependent upon federal handouts in perpetuity.

Folks, the answer here is to elect a governor who is not a federal government drone and not in the pocket of the oil companies. Consider Bill Walker, independent candidate, for that. In a recent poll, Walker is even with Parnell and 10 points ahead of the Democratic candidate. And technically, he’s not even in the race yet. Parnell is not the GOP nominee until the primary next month.

Alaskans, if we act now, we will have a governor who belongs to us, who isn’ t afraid to act as the governor of a state rather than as an officer of the federal government. May I suggest that we show Parnell the door in the primary. Write in Walker or select a name you don’t know on the ballot. Like Wally Hickel in 1992, Walker then will have a clear road to the general.

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