Editor's note: Monday, May 6, 2012, marked the fifth anniversary of Andrew Halcro's Alaska political blog -- a daily journal that broke the Sarah Palin Troopergate scandal, as well as many of other political stories over the years. Alaska Dispatch has posted many of Halcro's blogs since we launched in August 2008. Here's a post by Halcro celebrating his blog's anniversary. And thanks Andrew for sharing your writings with Dispatch.
We are pleased to celebrate our five-year anniversary with several of our favorite stories. Here is a look back at all of our blogs posted on this day over the last five years:
On May 5, 2007, we cross-posted an editorial from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that questioned AGIA (then-Gov. Sarah Palin's Alaska Gasline Inducement Act) and the predictable trouble ahead.
On May 6, 2008, we wrote about the impending natural gas pipeline open season and the prediction that no one would bid gas to TransCanada Corp., the company the state has subsidized up to $500 million to pursue a pipeline project.
On May 6, 2009, we wrote about how Alaska state Reps. Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and Bob Buch (D-Anchorage) sent the three major oil producers (ExxonMobil Corp. BP and ConocoPhillips) a letter demanding that they put gas in a $40 billion AGIA boondoggle.
On May 6, 2010, we posted our "Drive By Shoutings" feature.
On May 6, 2011, we wrote about the Alaska State Senate's attempt to hold the capital project budget hostage until Gov. Sean Parnell blinked.
All Star Quotes (Not all for good reasons)
"I can't say this strongly enough: AGIA does not lead directly to a gas pipeline. Rather it is a process to get us closer to a pipeline, and to put pressure on the producers to commit the gas they control." --Rep. Mike Doogan (D-Anchorage) April 17, 2007, Anchorage Daily News
"Who can argue against motherhood and apple pie, until somebody chokes on an apple." --Legislative Attorney Don Bullock in the House Resources Committee testifying on AGIA, April 11, 2007
"Now everything falls on the shoulders of TransCanada. If they can't pull off a feasible project, the majors – Exxon Mobil, BP and ConocoPhillips -- will have won this round -- and possibly the entire fight. --Robert Dillon, An Alaskan Abroad, Dec 1, 2007
"Do what you need to do in the short term to make the PPT work -- hire more auditors, pay them more, take steps to ensure the timely flow of accurate data from the producers to the state, authorize the state to buy back credits. 2007 during ACES." --Paul Laird/The Alliance/ Testimony to Senate Resources Committee
"Eventually, it's come down to the big producers. ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and BP are the ones most likely to hold the shipping commitments, so whatever kind of project is put together has to be one that works for the producers." --Hal Kvisle, CEO TransCanada
"No amount of upbeat talk by the governor and members of her team can hide the fact that the pool of applicants revealed after the close of Friday’s application deadline was, in a word, disappointing." --Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Editorial, Dec. 3, 2007
"The bottom line is this pipeline is not going to be built unless somebody backstops it financially. Companies like Mid-American. TransCanada, independent pipeline companies just don't have the deep enough pockets for a $30 billion pipeline. So somebody has to step up and back it and realistically that's the producers, whether we like them or not." --Tim Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce and Co-Publisher of the Alaska Legislative Digest, Oct. 10, 2007
We've also included some of our favorite pictures over the last few years on our blog, which you check out by clicking here.
Andrew Halcro is the publisher of AndrewHalcro.com, a blog devoted to Alaska issues and politics, where this commentary first appeared. He is president of Halcro Strategies and Avis/Alaska Rent-A-Car, his family business. Halcro served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1999 to 2003, and he ran for governor in 2006 as an Independent.
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