[Guest post by DRJ]
Today’s AP article attacks Sarah Palin as just another self-dealing Alaska politician:
“Gov. Sarah Palin’s signature accomplishment – a contract to build a 1,715-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48 – emerged from a flawed bidding process that narrowed the field to a company with ties to her administration, an Associated Press investigation shows.”
Meanwhile, just 19 months ago, Republicans in the Alaska Senate criticized Palin’s plan because it encouraged too many companies to enter the bidding process:
“Sen. Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, said there was concern that despite the inducements offered by the state to lure a potential pipeline builder into the bidding process, the state was running a huge risk of licensing a pipeline operator without any customers.
“My confidence level isn’t that high right now,” said Huggins, who is the chairman of the committee, during a hearing Monday.
Palin’s proposed legislation seeks to provide a framework in which pipeline builders can enter a competitive bidding process to construct a natural gas line that would bring North Slope gas to market.
The proposal, called the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, or AGIA, offers several incentives to bidders intended to move the project forward. If the bill passes, it will allow the governor’s gas line team to award a license after a public and administrative review of applications.
Members of Palin’s gas line team defended the bill, saying the proposal was designed to create competition, not tailor the process to one particular entity.”
And despite the AP’s storyline, the Alaska legislature approved the license to TransCanada Corp., one of largest oil and gas pipeline companies in North America:
“The Alaska House approved the license on July 22, and Friday’s vote in the Senate sealed the popular Republican governor’s second major victory in two years against not only her opponents in the Legislature but also major oil companies Palin sometimes has poked publicly.
BP, Conoco Phillips and Exxon Mobil — which control most of the Slope’s prodigious 35 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves — opposed the TransCanada license and last year were unable to stop Palin’s push for higher oil taxes.”
The media should look closely at the candidates’ actions and the Palin-sponsored pipeline is a fair topic, but media investigations should also be objective and directed at all the candidates. Something is wrong when articles about Palin’s clothes get intense MSM coverage while Obama’s background, education, and associates are largely ignored.