There are intelligent people on both sides of the issue. But there are also a number of prominent Alaskan Republicans opposed to the governor's approach. And he was a Conoco Philips lobbyist before he became governor.
So, my proposal for you is to come up with a plan to create jobs for $2 billion a year. The idea would be to create jobs for Alaskans, jobs that would put money back into the Alaskan economy, and ideally jobs that would ultimately make Alaska a better place to live, to have a business, and to visit. The best plan would create the most jobs at a decent wage and the jobs would add value to Alaska, not take it away. Add value because what people would do would make our lives better and because they would be Alaskans who would spend their wages in Alaska. The money wouldn't, for example, be sent to corporate shareholders outside of Alaska.
The issue won't be over Tuesday, so you have some time to think about this. If I get ten or more proposals, I'll pass them along to the governor's office, and perhaps I'll post them here too. Let your imagination run wild. For instance I did a post (can't find it though) on this theme showing that for $2 billion a year you could hire every unemployed Alaskan and give them each $30,000 a year for their labor. Not a great salary, but it gives you a sense that there are probably great alternatives to what the oil companies DON'T promise to do.
Consider this a filler activity - something to think about while you're waiting for the light to change, or at the post office or bank, or wherever you spend time waiting. You can post your responses as comments or email them to me.
I know. Nobody has time to do something like this, but wouldn't it be nice to be able to give the governor and the legislators other ways to use the $2 billion the governor wants to give to the oil companies. You've got until November 15 to send it to me.