The Anchorage Daily News asked candidates in statewide elections their views on a variety of issues. We're posting their responses between now and Election Day. See each candidate's full list of answers by clicking on their mug shot in the right column.
Question: What is your position on the federal loan guarantees for an Alaska natural gas pipeline?
• Increase them
• Maintain them as they are
• Decrease them
• Eliminate them
I would work with all State and Federal Officials to guarantee that we Alaskans have our gas line. This will increase state revenues by billions of dollars.
On ballot by petition as no-party candidate, registered as (founding member) Veterans Party of Alaska
Maintain them as they are.
There is no gas line. We do have an OIL pipeline that is nearing 3/4ths EMPTY. I will open ANWR and fill our pipeline. That will do more to facilitate ANY gas line than anything done so far. Thanks to Frank and Lisa, who could have easily opened ANWR in 2003 with us personifying high ground N.E.W.-ANWR legislation, Alaska and America are losing more than 100 million dollars a DAY in ANWR oil money!
Fredrick "David" Haase
Federal Loan Guarantees may or may not be preferable to Federal Grants. We need to focus on the big picture; where does money come from? The constitution gave special powers to the Federal Government to create money. If you do not know what Fiat money is you can never really understand financing of anything. Find out for yourself; Google "Money as Debt" and "Fiat Money."
We must increase the federal loan guarantees to ensure reliable financing for the Alaska natural gas pipeline, an important piece of infrastructure for the future of our state. I would use my position to work across party lines to secure the guarantees, which our delegation has been unsuccessful in achieving up to this point. I am confident that other senators will respond favorably to the plan if they are properly educated about its merits.
Maintain them as they are.
I will work with the governor, the North Slope producers, and all other stakeholders to determine what is the best strategy for Alaska. Until I have detailed information on any need for increased guarantees, it would be best to maintain the status quo. Given the critical importance of the gas pipeline to the energy needs of Alaska and the country, I will explore every option in bringing this incredible resource to market.
One of Alaska's major producers recently stated that federal loan guarantees would be necessary to build a gas line. I have insisted on these guarantees since 2004 and negotiated an increase in guarantees from $18 billion to $30 billion last year during consideration of an energy bill. As the Energy Committee Ranking Member, I will ensure any relevant bill that comes out of the committee includes these guarantees. I will also advance the corresponding needed appropriations.
Increase them to a level that gets the job done.
The natural gas pipeline is an integral piece of Alaska's energy and economic future and must be built to ensure the state's fiscal stability. I would work with anyone of every political stripe to get this project moved forward. Failure is not an option.
Congress has repeatedly reaffirmed its support for the pipeline project to include loan guarantees. The loan guarantees stand at $18 billion, but there is a Senate proposal I will support in the House to increase this to $30 billion. An Alaskan pipeline will be competing with the Canadian Mackenzie project and inexpensive shale gas in the Lower 48. This, coupled with tighter credit creates significant issues for the project's advancement.
The pipeline we build must deliver Alaskan gas to Alaskans. As Governor I would actively participate in the negotiation process along with key experts. I would also follow up on the idea first proposed in the federal Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Act to give individual Alaskans, Alaska businesses, and Alaska Native Corporations the option of investing in the building of a gas pipeline.
Make sure every option is pursued to get Alaska's gas to market, rather than cut off private sector options like my opponent proposes. This is the first time in Alaska's history that companies have actually bid gas into a pipeline, we need to aggressively pursue that. At the same time, an All-Alaska line option is present and will be pursued as will a separate in-state line effort. Until Alaskans get our gas, we should not be limiting options.
Tomorrow's question Rural Alaska communities continue to be hit by very high rates of unemployment, suicide, abuse and neglect. Is there anything you would do to address these issues? What specifically?Tomorrow's question Rural Alaska communities continue to experience very high rates of unemployment, suicide, abuse and neglect. What would you specifically do to address these issues?