AM Alaska News Roundup for Jan. 14

  • The New York Times reports that President Obama plans to impose new regulations via executive action on the O&G industry that will require up to a 45% cut in methane emissions by 2025.
  • Tom Lamb tweeted an article in Emerging Equity that has the UAE Oil Minister on record saying OPEC is not considering a cut to output as Brent falls to a six year low of $46.00 a barrel.
  • ADF&G Commissioner candidate, Greg Woods has withdrawn his name from consideration. This leaves the field down to three candidates.
  • The fight over Keystone continues in the Senate where The Hill reports that Sen. Lisa Murkowski will be having a chat with Sen. Ted Cruz about his amendment to lift the ban on crude oil exports since it “might complicate” the process with the Keystone vote. Watch out Sen. Cruz, she has a gavel and knows how to use it.
  • Prepare your smelling salts; the Dispatch reports that oil prices are expected to stay dismally low for the rest of the year.

  • The Seward City News covered the Shoreside Petroleum Inc. tanker truck accident. Nobody was injured, Trail Lake was unaffected and even though there was no spillage, the diesel was safely removed to prevent potential harm before the accident was completely cleaned-up.
  • The Daily Caller has the details on a study by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that discovered that small volcanic eruptions helped cause a “pause” in global warming over the past 15 years.
  • The Washington Post explains what is happening behind the scenes in the mad dash for 2016 presidential glory.
  • Seafood News has the details about Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. selling $13 million worth of shares to fund operations and legal fees in ongoing fight in support of Pebble Mine.
  • Alex DeMarban with the Dispatch explains how the megaproject money of yore will be maximized for upgrading existing highways.
  • The Hill reports that former Gov. Mitt Romney will be addressing the Republican National Convention during their winter meeting on Friday. This speech will be vital to gain support for his third presidential campaign since GOP lawmakers just aren’t as giddy for Mitt as in years past.
  • Anchorage Assemblyman Dick Traini has proposed an alcohol tax to pay for treatment and services. APRN explains that the measure will be before the voters on the April 2015 municipal ballot.
  • Politico feels it is a possibility that Medicaid expansion might actually contract as some states seriously considers restricting availability to the program.
  • The Kenai City Council told the Peninsula Clarion that their plans for 2015 would be to focus on basic city functions. It might not be “sexy”, but preventing a potential Cholera outbreak does have its advantages.
  • The residents of Kodiak packed the Kodiak assembly chambers during the borough code meeting with angry messages. The Kodiak Daily Mirror has the details.
  • Over on the left side of the presidential candidates aisle, former Sen. Hillary Clinton has added to her senior campaign leadership team a new chief strategist and a media advisor, according to the Washington Post.
  • Budget cuts are beginning to be felt in the educational sector. The Fairbanks News Miner and the Dispatch have the details on UA’s plans for hundreds of job cuts.
  • What do Andrew Jackson, Grover Cleveland, Ronald Regan and George H. W. Bush have in common with former Gov. Mitt Romney? Bloomberg reveals that all of these men (and more) ran for president multiple times before winning the Oval.
  • The Frontiersman is excited about the Mat-Su Inaugural Ball as an event to showcase the area’s people and businesses. If you are interested in tickets, the information is available in the Political Calendar tab.
  • Another great influential political pioneer has passed away. Professor Walter Berns or “Big Red” was a renown constitutional scholar and leading voice to the neoconservative ideology movement died on Saturday at the age of 95.



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