Monday, August 07, 2006


So Oil Slick Dick writes the Alaskan legislative leaders to go to bat for energy company interests. No.....this doesn't surprise me, but I do wonder how much this has to do with the shutdown.

August 7, 2006 issue - An effort by Dick Cheney to prod Alaska lawmakers to approve a controversial $20 billion natural-gas pipeline project has misfired amid charges from some legislators that the veep was seeking to benefit major energy-company interests. In a highly unusual intervention in a state dispute, Cheney recently wrote Alaskan legislative leaders urging them to "promptly" enact a bill that would allow three giant oil companies—British Petroleum (BP), ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil—to build a massive pipeline from Prudhoe Bay on the state's North Slope through Canada to the upper Midwest. Under a proposed contract negotiated by Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski, the firms would get major tax breaks—an unpopular move at a time when all three are reporting soaring profits.

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