And now the ADN has this article about lost jobs.
Oil, gas industry jobless claims up 7th month in a row
Jeannette Lee Falsey Alaska Dispatch News
Jobless benefits claims are down in Alaska and across the country, but the same cannot be said for the state’s oil and gas sector. The lack of available work has boosted the number of former workers in the extraction and support industries who have filed for unemployment, according to the state labor department. Year-on-year increases in existing unemployment insurance claims by laid-off oil and gas workers began in May 2015, about one year after oil prices began falling. In November, 895 former workers in the sector were receiving jobless benefits, up from 463 for the same month in 2014. . .
Can you imagine how they would be blaming the lost jobs on the repeal of the tax credits if the initiative had passed? But, I have to acknowledge, the oil companies never promised anything, it was their lackeys in the governor's seat and in the legislature who made claims about increasing jobs. It's just like Shell blamed government regulation when it was pretty clear that the main reason they pulled out of the Chukchi this fall was because their drilling produced nothing and the price of oil had tanked.
Now, I understand that government regulation can be quite an obstacle. I just did another phone round with the IRS today and I feel anyone's pain who has to deal with people like Ms. Rutherford. And I'm all for simplifying regulations whenever possible.
But it's my observation that the voluminous regulations are due to company lawyers finding loopholes and exploiting them, resulting in more and more regulations.
But we also know that without the government looking out for environmental risks, the oil companies would do in the Arctic what they've done around the world where there aren't good regulations. Where the oil companies' bottom line is greater than the treasuries of the countries they're working in. And where it is easy to bribe governmental officials for the permits they need.
And we're always hearing about the great private sector and how entrepreneurs take risks, but they also create LLC's (Limited Liability Corporations) to limit their liability. They know going in that government regulations have to be met. It's part of their business plan. So moaning about it after the fact (well, also during the process) is just so much spin to avoid the responsibility for failing to find oil, or for an environmental catastrophe, or firing employees.
I've got tons of other stuff to do besides this post, but let me give you a few links to show that I'm not making this all up.
Myanmar's Oil and Gas
McSpotlight on the Oil Industry
Effects of Oil Drilling (on Indigenous People)
And for those who remember the Exxon Valdez spill and the Deepwater issues, you'll note these things happen in the US too, but not quite as egregiously.