Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Alaska Gasline Inducement Act Approved by Alaska House

Next stop - the Senate

From Reuters Yereth Rosen:

The chamber voted 24-16 in the state capital of Juneau for a bill backed by Governor Sarah Palin that would grant TransCanada a state license for a 1,700-mile (2,700 km) pipeline to bring the gas to North American markets.

Government interjecting itself into a market place has seen colossal failure after colossal failure after colossal failure," said House Majority Leader Ralph Samuels, an Anchorage Republican. "Government is ill-equipped to start picking winners in the marketplace."

From Wes Loy at Anchorage Daily News

Rep. Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage, delivered a long speech citing a litany of worries with the TransCanada deal.

"AGIA -- I'm a little bit afraid it stands for Alaska Goofs It Again," he said.

This link shows how the House voted.

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