Special Luncheon, August 4, 2010
Primary Gubernatorial Debate Luncheon August 4, 2010:
Featuring Republican Candidates for Governor:
Governor Sean Parnell
Moderated by Jason Brune
To view a video of a specific question, please select from the following:
Natural gas has been a core component of each of your campaigns, so I thought I’d throw a softball to each of you early on. As governor, what do you believe is the best opportunity to commercialize Alaska’s north slope natural gas and why?
The mining industry has the potential to provide jobs in nearly all areas of rural Alaska and has traditionally employed and trained a high percentage of local workers. As Governor, what will you do to support mineral development and the creation of jobs and other opportunities for young people in rural Alaska?
Lack of timber supply has negatively impacted the timber industry in this state. What will you do to help the timber industry survive? Will this include supporting Sealaska’s federal legislation?
Federal regulators on Monday proposed new commercial fishing restrictions in the Aleutians to combat a steep decline of Steller sea lions in the western and central portion of the island chain. The National Marine Fisheries Service proposed to close all commercial fishing for Atka mackerel and Pacific cod in federal waters near Attu, the farthest island in the Aleutian chain. The agency is also proposing restrictions but not an outright ban on commercial fishing for mackerel and cod in the central Aleutians, west of Dutch Harbor. These actions could potentially impact over 90% of the historic fishing grounds in the Aleutians. As governor, what will you do to fight this onerous proposal?
Beyond what was already done this past legislative session, as governor, what will you do to increase cruise ship visitors to Alaska in the future?
As Governor, how will you ensure the development of Alaska’s oil and gas resources is not adversely impacted by potential regulations that may be put in place in reaction to the gulf oil spill?
We’ve now touched on each of the core industries in this state, oil and gas, mining, timber, fisheries, and tourism. Each of these industries has to deal with a regulatory regime that is, for lack of a better word, thorough. As governor, what will you do to improve the regulatory environment in Alaska and make permitting more efficient?
Two of you are lawyers, so this might appear to be an unfair question. Litigation is frequently used to try to stop responsible projects in Alaska. Oftentimes, groups will challenge projects on multiple points and if they win say 1 of 16 points, their legal fees are paid. As governor, will you work to bring more parity to the litigation process, forcing those bringing such lawsuits to have some skin in the game and if so, how will you do it?
Series of multiple choice questions (8.5 - 15 all one video):
If elected governor, will you speak at our November 17-18 conference. Yes, No, or Undecided
A little more political question Seawolves, Nanooks, Undecided?
Do you support opening the Coastal Plain of ANWR to responsible oil and gas exploration and development? Yes No Undecided
Oil Taxes: Too High Too Low Just Right Need more data
Point Thomson Stop the lawsuit Continue the lawsuit Undecided
How did you vote on the 2006 cruise ship head tax initiative 4 years ago? Yes No Prefer not to say
How did you vote on the 2006 gas reserves tax initiative? Yes No Prefer not to say
How did you vote on the 2008 clean water initiative? Yes No Prefer not to say
As the previous three questions illustrated, the initiative process has been used to try to negatively impact resource development in Alaska. Do you feel the ballot initiative process is abused in Alaska?
Here’s a short question, but you’ll have 1 minute to reply. It’s 1 word, followed by a question mark. Pebble?
Questions 18 and 19 one video
How will you vote on Ballot Measure 1, the anti-corruption initiative? Yes No Haven’t made my mind up yet
Do you support a percent of market value or POMV management system for the Alaska Permanent Fund? Yes No Undecided
A few more 1 minute answers. Industry depends on qualified state permitters who are key to projects moving forward in a timely and legally defendable fashion. As governor, what will you do to enhance the recruitment and retention of State of Alaska permitters?
The Alaska Public Offices Commission settled the APOC complaint RDC brought up against proponents of Ballot Measure for a fraction of the staff time spent to investigate it, along with no admittance of wrongdoing. What will you do to ensure that APOC holds parties accountable for their actions?
Throughput in TAPS continues to decline from 2.1 million barrels per day to under 700,000 barrels. In reality, we’ve been saved by high oil prices. Assuming the decline will continue, as governor, how will you balance the budget. Please include specific spending cut ideas and an alternative means for revenue generation in your answer.
The Alaska Coastal Management Program, or ACMP, is scheduled to sunset in June of next year. As governor, what is your plan for the future of the ACMP program?
What non-resource development related issue do you feel will have the most impact on Alaska over the next 4 years and how will your Administration deal with this issue.
Closing remarks: Each candidate had two minutes to share his closing remarks.