They even attack AP for getting story wrong
The Juneau Empire notes that Alaska
Democrats are defending Sarah Palin on the pipeline and
demonstrates how poor a job the AP is doing:
Alaska legislators are criticizing a story on Gov.
Sarah Palin by The Associated Press that challenged Palin’s top
accomplishment as governor – jump-starting progress on a natural
“I thought it was a pretty shoddy reporting job, honestly,” said
Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, among many Democrats and
supporters of Barack Obama who are coming to Palin’s defense.
Note that the AP reporters that wrote on this probably don’t
understand what exactly happened:
The AP reporters said seeking an independent pipeline
ultimately favored TransCanada and excluded the producers, which
was why the process was flawed.
This was the point indeed. The reason was that if the incumbent
producers controlled the pipeline, then they wouldn’t sell access
to anyone but themselves (extraction is way more profitable than
shipping the stuff), and that would not spur development. By having
a third-party own the pipeline means that there incentive is to
ship as much as possible. Again, that was the point:
Sen. Gene Therriault, R-North Pole, Senate minority
leader, called the story “way off base.”
“We just wanted the attributes of an independently operated
pipeline company, one that would protect the interests of Alaska,”
The Legislature spent much of the summer in special session,
considering and rejecting those arguments, Therriault and
“The producers having complete control of the oil pipeline has
cost the state of Alaska billions of dollars over the years; that’s
a fact. We’ve had less exploration and less drilling on the North
Slope because the smaller independents have been squeezed out and
because they can’t pay exorbitant tariffs,” Wielechowski said.
The AP story quoted only two legislators, Senate President Lyda
Green, R-Wasilla, and Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, both in the
minority who voted against the TransCanada deal.