Governor Sean Parnell is travelling to Texas to meet with Anadarko and others regarding oil development on the North Slope.
Rep. Mike Chennault is going to Atlanta to play golf. In the middle of the Special Session that has cost Alaskans, thus far, $480,000.
While the Governor is on business, Speaker Chennault is off playing golf. Says a lot about why there is a Special Session. During the regular session, the Legislature took a week off to go to Washington, D.C., to an energy conference where they found out, much to their chagrin, that the shale gas revolution is not going away, and that big pipelines are . . . dead. However, surprise, surprise, they also found out that LNG is the means and Asia and Europe are the primary markets for LNG. And, we actually pay these people to represent us?
On May 3, 2011, Governor Sean Parnell and Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell did something that was a long time in coming. They recognized the Cordova Coal “Party” of May 4, 1911.
Then President Theodore Roosevelt signed an executive order denying Alaskans the right to use native coal. Any coal used in Alaska had to be imported. When the first imported coal showed up in Cordova on May 4th, 1911, with the two federal marshals off on a wild goose chase, 300 Cordova businessmen and residents went to unload the British coal from the ship. They did. Right into Orca Bay.
The Governor proclaimed May 4, 2011 Cordova “Coal Party” Day.
He should have made that designation permanent so that Alaska’s school children would know that people can stand up and right a wrong through protest. That what happened in Boston Harbor in 1775 also happened in Alaska in 1911.
Of course, that could not happen today. The federal EPA would have had a cow, the greenies would have protested and law suits would have choked the courts, both State and federal.
The full text of the Proclamation:
“Cordova “Coal Party” Recognition Day
Effective Date: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
WHEREAS, on May 4, 1911, nearly 300 Cordova businessmen and citizens marched to the wharf of the Alaska Steamship Company and shoveled hundreds of tons of British coal into Orca Bay as a protest against federal denial of access to Alaskan resources; and
WHEREAS, Cordova residents were stymied by President Roosevelt’s 1906 executive order prohibiting additional coal mining on the public domain in Alaska; and
WHEREAS, at that time, coal reserves in the Chugach National Forest were inaccessible and Alaskans were forced to import coal. Further, coal prices were exorbitant and industry stymied; and
WHEREAS, Alaskans boldly stood against heavy-handed federal intrusion that compromised the Alaskan way of life; and
WHEREAS, today, Alaska once again has a list of grievances against the federal government, and in order to promote economic prosperity, we must stand against federal overreach for the right to access and responsibly develop our resources; and
WHEREAS, from offshore permitting delays, to ocean zoning, to the effort to lock up the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska, these federal actions damage our economy by delaying jobs, increasing development costs, domestic energy productions; and
WHEREAS, the responsible development of Alaska’s resources will create jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign imports, provide domestic economic development, and improve our economic and national security.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim May 4, 2011 as:
Cordova “Coal Party” Recognition Day
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to let our federal government know that its actions and mandates are unwarranted and will not go unanswered, as our state’s vast resources are vitally important to the future of our state and nation.
Dated: May 3, 2011“
To see the Governor’s proclamation: http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/press-room/full-proclamation.html?pr=5765