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Alaska's Natural Gas Pipeline in question - More troubling questions surround Sarah Palin

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Seriously troubling facts have emerged concerning Alaska's proposed Natural Gas Pipeline.

"ANCHORAGE, Alaska - 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 company with ties to her administration, an Associated Press investigation shows."

Palin claimed there was a "smart and fair bidding process" - but the AP found that her team crafted terms that favored only a few independent pipeline companies and ultimately benefited the winner, TransCanada Corp.

Despite promises and legal guidance not to talk directly with potential bidders, Palin had meetings or phone calls with nearly every major candidate, including TransCanada.

The leader of Palin's pipeline team had been a partner at a lobbying firm where she worked on behalf of a TransCanada subsidiary. Also, that woman's former business partner at the lobbying firm was TransCanada's lead private lobbyist on the pipeline deal, interacting with legislators in the weeks before the vote to grant TransCanada the contract.

Plus, a former TransCanada executive served as an outside consultant to Palin's pipeline team.

Under a different set of rules four years earlier, TransCanada had offered to build the pipeline without a state subsidy; under Palin, the company could receive a maximum $500 million.

This sounds awfully similar to the tactics and tricks employed by Dick Cheney and Haliburton .... and definately in contradiction to Palin's claim to change "the old boy network" way of doing things!

Contrary to Palin's campaign promises to "build a pipeline quickly," the massive project to send natural gas south is still no sure thing.

"Frankly, this continues to be one big negotiation," said Revenue Department Commissioner Pat Galvin.

One can't help wondering if there was more to all that winking she did in the Vice Presidential debate.

Comments(20)

Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell

Did you see the article that came out tonight that Stevens built a 2.7 million road for his buddys restaurant? Something stinks with the repubs up in Alaska. Guess they line their own pockets with oil money before handing it out to quiet down the people.

I read the 3 page article about the pipeline. This whole thing is a joke. I hear all these whiners saying the media is unfairly attacking her? Unfair? Unfounded? Hardly. What good can they say about someone who it only took a few weeks to unravel her whole bed of lies. Shes a crook plain and simple. There is nothing positive to say. She is also a bigot.

Oct 25, 2008 12:58 PM
Anonymous
Lance

Sarah Palin is the favorite pinata of angry liberals like you, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS.  You are really going to be angry when McCain wins.

Oct 25, 2008 01:05 PM
#3
COMPASS PALM SPRINGS | Stewart Penn
COMPASS - Palm Springs, CA
COMPASS Palm Springs - Broker Associate

Mike - You sound irritated and angry, and you should be.

McCain said he vetted Palin, yet all this troubling news keeps filtering out about her. Did he know about this and still wanted her as his running mate? Or didn't he really know who he was getting involved with?

She's one frighteningly ambitious individual.

Oct 25, 2008 01:07 PM
Jay Allen
MovieVoice Production Co. - Paducah, KY
MovieVoice

Mike, Obama has already provided a valid birth certificate. Read about it at FactCheck.org...

FactCheck.org staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate. We conclude that it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship. Claims that the document lacks a raised seal or a signature are false. We have posted high-resolution photographs of the document as "supporting documents" to this article. Our conclusion: Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said.

Oct 25, 2008 01:17 PM
Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell

The only reason why he was questioned for being an American citizen or not is because it fits in with the other lame racist attacks.

Whats funny about Palin is that she comes out in the last few days as being an Ultra right winger with even more crazy "conservative" values. Now she openly is attacking gays. Wow no wonder all the "liberals" are getting angry. Maybe the majority of this country dont see things the way these ultra right wingers see things? Maybe thats why the "conservative" attacks keep getting more and more violent. More and more desperate. More and more racist. More and more sexist. Sad state of affairs in that party. Whats even worse is for the people that are Republican and consider themselves conservative who have to be embarressed because of the actions of this small niche of ultra conservatives who do it "in the name of jesus" WWJD? Not be a bigot.

Oct 25, 2008 01:28 PM
Jay Allen
MovieVoice Production Co. - Paducah, KY
MovieVoice

Mike, you didn't mention anything about the birth certificate - have you finally seen the light?

Oct 25, 2008 01:29 PM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

At least she knows the Constitutional role of the VP... something that apparently escapes Joe Biden. 

Oct 25, 2008 01:36 PM
COMPASS PALM SPRINGS | Stewart Penn
COMPASS - Palm Springs, CA
COMPASS Palm Springs - Broker Associate

Mike  - All comments and opinions are welcomed - but please, stay on the subject of my Blog - It's rude to hijack someone elses Blog and change the subject matter.

Oct 25, 2008 03:47 PM
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

I came across this picture today and thought you would get a kick out of it...

Oct 25, 2008 05:01 PM
COMPASS PALM SPRINGS | Stewart Penn
COMPASS - Palm Springs, CA
COMPASS Palm Springs - Broker Associate

Rich - That is a CLASSIC - Thanks for the chuckle today!

Oct 26, 2008 04:52 AM
John Guiney
Keller Williams Realty - Quincy, MA
e-PRO, CBR

Stewart - Palin is nothing more than the latest in a long line of thieves in Alaskan politics. She learned a lot from Ted Stevens and then when he got caught she tried to seperate herself from the taint. I wonder if she will blame her husband in a similar way to how Ted balmed his wife? What a great statement on family values!

Oct 27, 2008 12:52 AM
Jim Crawford
Long & Foster - Fredericksburg, VA
Jim Crawford Broker Associate Fredericksburg VA

So isn't Joe Biden's son currently awaiting charges for fraud?  What is he in the news for these days?

Oct 27, 2008 12:57 AM
John Guiney
Keller Williams Realty - Quincy, MA
e-PRO, CBR

Jim - If Biden's son committed fraud then by all means he needs to be held accountable. Do you feel the same way with Dick Cheney falsifying evidence that led this country to war?

Oct 27, 2008 01:01 AM
COMPASS PALM SPRINGS | Stewart Penn
COMPASS - Palm Springs, CA
COMPASS Palm Springs - Broker Associate

..... and the fraud and lies perpetuated by George Bush and his cronies?

Oct 27, 2008 02:19 AM
Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL

Stewart, who was that person that said "Palin knows the Constitutional role of the VP?"  Seems to me she was shown recently talking to a bunch of second graders, and said as VP she would make policy changes in the Senate.  Hmmmmmmmm, the Constitution stipulates the only two roles of the VP are:

1. to succeed the president he he dies in office

2. to be the tie breaking vote in the Senate.

I guess if you don't know the Constitution you also don't know that your candidate is a nitwit!

Oct 29, 2008 10:58 AM
Anonymous
Kathy Jordan

Hey, I have an idea.  Divide the US up into two areas, liberal and conservative.  Maybe three -- liberal, conservative, middle of the road.  Each area could have their own government.  It would cut out a lot of fighting.

Oct 29, 2008 01:56 PM
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delete account
Clayton, MO

Kathy please tell me you're joking?? Seperating people solves what?? Hi Stewart. I hadn't heard any of this yet so thanks for the post. I'm off to go read up on it.

Oct 30, 2008 06:19 AM
Scott Smith
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Gloucester, MA
Gloucester & Rockport, Massachusetts

Jim: Actually, you have it wrong. It was Sarah Palin's son, Track and Field, who was given the choice of prison or Iraq. He's either there or on his way there. Joe Biden's son is the Attorney Genreral of Delaware and was just deployed to Iraq.

 

 

Oct 30, 2008 09:53 AM
COMPASS PALM SPRINGS | Stewart Penn
COMPASS - Palm Springs, CA
COMPASS Palm Springs - Broker Associate

Scott - Republicans will always spin the facts to suit their agenda.

Oct 30, 2008 09:54 AM
COMPASS PALM SPRINGS | Stewart Penn
COMPASS - Palm Springs, CA
COMPASS Palm Springs - Broker Associate

"Diva" Palin appears to be more concerned with her own political future than McCain's presidential campaign. This recent photo seems to be a "Freudian sign" that it's all about HER.

Oct 31, 2008 02:40 AM