There is a coming backlash and a demand for fossil fuels. We will extend the rails from the nearest point now existing to Deadhorse and on to Utqiagvik. We will liquefy natural gas on the Slope, move it to the more temperate South by rail and over the top of Alaska during ice-free months to a storage farm on the Aleutians. We will not accept a dime from China and we will not sell to China.
Here we are, two years into an exaggerated pandemic. And after what I am convinced was the theft of the last presidential election, we find ourselves buying fuel from other countries when only a scant year and some months ago, we were exporting fuel. The people of the world are waking up, and they are throwing away their masks, but more importantly, they are throwing off their blindfolds. With gasoline prices going up to over $4.00 per gallon, and likely much higher, the demand for fossil fuels will become great, and possibly violent.
I will not only sign an executive order, but will enforce the same, opening up oil fields here. When we became a state it was on the promise that we would be allowed to develop our natural resources. This right has been greatly curtailed by the Environmental Protective Agency, an agency dreamed up by a president, likely out of good intentions. However, the EPA has became an organization of thugs enforcing the will of those who would kill industry in our great state.
The state of Alaska has some of the cleanest burning coal on earth. Indeed, it is rare compared to the dirtier stuff. I can name only three places in which it might be found, although I’m sure there are others. There is Alaska, Indonesia and Utah of which I’m certain. When Clinton was in office he declared the clean burning coal fields of Utah a national monument, while apparently receiving money from certain rather unsavory characters in Indonesia.
We will begin moving our coal. Paul Harvey once said that Alaska had enough clean burning coal that was easily gotten at to run the entire nation for 500 years. He went on to say that we had enough of the stuff that is not as easily gotten at to run the nation for 8,000 years. Where his figures came from, I do not know, but I trusted that man.
We have oil discoveries happening left and right and there’s easily enough to keep the existing pipeline going for another forty years, and likely much longer than that.
But we have on the Slope, trillions upon trillions of cubic feet of natural gas. Now, let us say that we have a gold claim. The gold is there, but the only thing we have to make the tools by which we’ll extract it are made of silver, but there’s silver lying about everywhere. As it is not worth as much as the gold, we use that to extract the gold and then when the gold is gone, we sell the silver. Silly scenario, but I hope you follow me. That gas on the Slope is sitting at about 6,000 PSI. This gas can be used to push the oil out of the ground and sent to market. However, some of that gas might be sold.
Kokomo, Indiana, where I grew up was founded (unknowingly) on a sea of natural gas. Gas was piped within the city, but to my knowledge every cubic foot that left the area went by rail.
I say we do the following:
Liquefy the natural gas on the Slope. One liquefies the natural gas by bringing its temperature way down low. Why would we pipe it down to the warmer South Coast of Alaska when it is in the best place in our country for liquefication right where it is? And, the happy byproduct of the process is lots and lots of helium and there is a worldwide helium shortage right now. Win win.
Build a natural gas holding farm on the Aleutians (after the end of the coming difficulties with China) and move the gas from the slope during ice free months, and do so by tankers.
Alaskan villages and towns need gas. So, we extend the railroad up to Deadhorse and on to Utqiagvik and possibly further as the folks in those various villages and towns desire. But by doing so, you’d have a ridership on that rail system long after the oil and gas are gone, but the liquefied gas could then be brought south on those same rails. The side effect here is the flow of goods and services to the Slope at fair market prices. I just saw where a single case of bottled water was going for over $40 in Utqiagvik. Folks, we have a problem and we can do so much better.
A proposal was made to build a pipeline to move the gas to Nikiski for liquefication. Of the money to be spent on the construction 30% would come from the federal government and 70% from Communist China, you know the guys in the process of taking down our ally Taiwan? Yes, I said it. I say, not one dime from China and not a single cubic inch of natural gas to China. Japan? Yes. South Korea? Yes. Thailand? Sure. China, never. They will use that to fuel the machines to build the weapons to kill your sons on the battlefield. Not on my watch, and not ever.