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Friday, May 11, 2007

Palin has guts - threatens veto of AGIA

Yesterday, Governor Palin once again confirmed my belief that she should be elevated to national office. Refusing to play politics with the best interests of Alaskans, the governor threatened to veto her own signature piece of legislation, the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA), if the state legislature makes substantial changes to the bill. The key issue being debated is whether or not companies applying to build the gasline must agree to certain "must-have" provisions, such as delivering natural gas to points within Alaska, employing Alaskan workers. Naturally, Alaska's "big three" oil producers want these "must haves" to become "optional", but Palin is having none of it. She said "If AGIA were gutted by not requiring Alaska’s must-haves, then absolutely I would veto it". This is a gutsy move, and I admire Governor Palin for making it.

I would also like to note that Alaska has every right to ask for these "must-haves", because it is the Alaskan Government that is trying to get this gasline built, and it is offeringto pump up to $500 million into the project. For the oil companies to tell Alaska that it can't place conditions on bidders is ludicrous, because Alaska in this case would be the winning bidder's customer...and any good businessman knows that the customer is always right. If I go to a restaurant, the manager does not have right to force me to order a dish that I don't want, and oil companies have no right to tell the Alaskan government to change its criteria for an acceptable proposal to build a gasline.

Bravo, Governor Palin!

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1 comment:

JB said...

Reminds me of when Tony Blair killed his own legislation last year...of course, that was an accident.