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  •  Oil makes a shit-load of money for Alaska (2+ / 0-)
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    pvasileff, GleninCA

    and mining does not, because of the provisions of the 1876 law, so I have heard -- the owners of the mine can take virtually all of the profits out of state.

    Three or four years ago I was on a boat trip out of Homer, AK and one of the other passengers was a state legislator from the Southern Kenai Peninsula.  Democrats don't even run in that district.  This guy is a moderate/centrist.  He probably gets called a RINO?  Not sure...  He was talking to some of the other passengers about energy policy and initiatives -- telling them, we need to work to make sure AK gets the best deal possible in regards to oil royalties/taxation, but he was much more interested in renewables and the potential in state for tidal, geothermal, solar, etc.  Really tuned into a post-fossil era.  He's on the right track -- divert a portion of the profits into a future-focused, sustainable paradigm.

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