October 25, 2008

Palin's pipeline back in the news

Isn't this something:
Palin Pipeline Terms Curbed Bids

Gov. Sarah Palin's signature accomplishment — a contract to build a 1,715-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48 — emerged from a flawed bidding process that narrowed the field to a [Canadian] company with ties to her administration, an Associated Press investigation shows.
Sounds mighty familiar. This here blog, September 12:
A more significant aspect of the story is the second thoughts some Republican legislators in Alaska seem to be having for the process by which the State went about selecting the successful licensee, TransCanada Corp. of Calgary.

As I mentioned earlier [September 8], and the New York Times article isn't clear about, TransCanada was the only bidder. That appears to be at least one Alaska legislator's concern:
Lyda Green, a Republican and president of the State Senate, voted for Ms. Palin’s Alaska Gasline Inducement Act [AGIA] but said that in the interim, it has not "shown itself to be open and competitive, and it is a very expensive risk."

"I regret the vote now," she said last week.
In other words, the AGIA had the effect of excluding every potential bidder except for TransCanada.
Where's my damn Pulitzer.

3 comments:

capper said...

Here you go old boy. I had to wrestle it away from Charlie Sykes. He kept screaming something about "It should have been me" or some such rubbish. I tell ya, some people...

James Rowen said...

Even McCain is finding out now that no one controls Palin. She'll be lucky to get re-elected. I predict a new career at Fox.

John Foust said...

And here I thought you were just relating some common-knowledge bit of Canajun wisdom.