Monthly Archives: November 2013

Where the money runs out: The price of oil, Medicaid expansion and Alaska social policy …

Fiscal CliffTwo seemingly unrelated events came together this past week to bring the emerging condition of Alaska social policy into stark relief.

The first event occurred Monday, with the release by the federal Energy Information Agency (EIA) of its most recent Short Term Energy Outlook (STEO).  Published monthly, the STEO is a look at the year ahead based on the then-best information.    In my experience, Continue reading

Sustainable Arctic Oil & Gas Exploration and Development (from the November 2013 Alaska Business Monthly)

Arctic Oil & Gas Basins (Nov 2013 AK Business Monthly)

Arctic oil and natural gas resource basins in the Arctic Circle region (click to enlarge).
Source: US Geological Survey

In addition to pieces on this page and elsewhere, I have been writing a monthly op-ed column on oil, gas and fiscal policy issues for the Alaska Business Monthly.  The following piece is the last in that series (at least for awhile), as I go to the bench while some talk about me running for Governor (ABM’s policy understandably is to discontinue any “writings” by formally announced, or potential candidates). This final piece for the ABM was originally published in the November 2013 print edition and is available online here.  In the future I will continue writing a lead monthly article for the blog, called “The Monthly Lead.”

Normally pieces that begin with this title are about the environmental aspects of oil and gas exploration and development in the Arctic. This piece isn’t.

Instead, this piece is about the commercial aspects of oil and gas exploration and development in the Arctic and near-Arctic, and what economic characteristics make ongoing activity sustainable in some regions and not in others. From my perspective, there is a lesson for Alaska in the results. Continue reading

The subtext of this story (income taxes, dividend cuts … or not) …

Amanda Coyne (10.31.2013)At one point in college I took a writing class. (I know what the readers of this blog are thinking at this point, “he should have taken more!!” But that’s not the point of this piece.)

The professor had a particular point of view that he hammered in class after class. Writing, particularly fiction but also sometimes non-fiction writing, he argued, is really about conveying “subtext.” The story on the surface is never the real story; the real story is always in the “subtext.” Continue reading