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Morning Headlamp - AGDC Moves to Japan?



Kon'nichiwa. The state gasline agency has opened an office in Tokyo and hired a former employee of the giant Mitsubushi Corp. who got to know Bill Walker before he became Alaska's governor. The gasline agency and Gov. Bill Walker have made trips to Japan and other Asian countries over the past year trying to secure commitments from potential gas buyers and attract investors and financing for the costly project. 


Since July, the gasline agency has publicly discussed efforts to open a marketing office in Houston, Texas, a process that is still underway. Plans there have called for a small staff and office space for meetings with potential gas buyers in a city known as America's energy center.


Minority House Republicans have laid out their priorities for this session, which include further budget cuts, a spending limit and defending state oil tax policies. House Minority Leader Charisse Millett credits existing tax and tax credit policies with increased oil production and spurring exploratory work that led to recent North Slope finds.


While the iron is hot. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski nudged energy secretary nominee Rick Perry toward advancing scientific research to help meet Alaska's high energy needs at his confirmation hearing Thursday. Murkowski chairs the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and oversaw the hearing for the former Texas governor, who once said he would like to eliminate the agency he now hopes to oversee. Perry said Thursday he regrets those words and has changed his mind after learning more about the scope of the agency's work. The Energy Department is largely focused on energy research and managing the nation's stockpile of nuclear weapons and waste.


Republicans push to allow oil exploration in ANWR buoyed by Donald Trump's election to the Presidency. Prospects for the industry look better than they have in recent years with Republican control of the White House and of the Congress.


First Reads

State gasline agency opens Tokyo office, replaces state's representative in Japan

Alaska Dispatch News, Alex DeMarban, January 19, 2017

Cuts, defending oil tax policies among Alaska House minority goals

Associated Press, Becky Bohrer, January 19, 2017

Huge Discovery Changes Alaska Into A Potential Growth Asset For ConocoPhillips

Seeking Alpha, Callum Turcan, January 19, 2017

Murkowski nudges energy nominee Rick Perry toward Arctic and Alaska interests

Alaska Dispatch News, Erica Martinson, January 19, 2017

In State of the State address, Gov. Walker admonishes Legislature's budget inaction

Fairbanks News Daily News Miner, Matt Buston, January 19, 2017

Republicans step up push for Arctic drilling in wildlife refuge

Reuters, Alex Nussbaum, January 20, 2017

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