Pipeline better in Alaska than in foreign country

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2002

The All Alaska Gas Pipeline, proposed by Scott Heyworth, candidate for lieutenant governor, and endorsed by 42,000 Alaska voters, is the only proposed route that makes sense for Alaska. Sen. Frank Murkowski, Tony Knowles and Fran Ulmer would have us believe an 800-mile natural gas pipeline within Alaska, costing $8 billion, is not economically feasible, while a 3,500-mile, $18 billion pipeline through a foreign country (Canada) is.

Sir Tony intends to save oil companies $1 billion by having the Alaska Railroad pony up $17 billion in bonds. What a valentine gift for Tony's sweethearts: the oil companies. A pipeline through Canada is not in the best interests of Alaska or the USA. The proposed natural gas pipeline out of Alaska and through Canada would deliver natural gas to a Midwest market where there is no shortage of gas, at the same time ignoring large West Coast and Pacific Rim markets that need and are interested in acquiring our natural gas.

The All Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline would deliver this gas to the West Coast of the USA, provide natural gas to Alaskans as a cheap clean fuel, maximize jobs available to Alaska residents, and allow for the development of a statewide gas grid and ultimately revitalize our Alaska economy. The All Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline will be good for Alaska and good for America.

William Buchwald


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