Oct. 31, 2012
To the editor:
Sen. John Coghill says he supports a gas line project, but he voted against the real pipeline bill (HB 369 in 2010), and the one he says he would have voted for (HB 9 in 2012) would have been a direct line to Anchorage, bypassing Fairbanks by nearly 40 miles.
When Sen. Coghill was asked on his own Facebook page how he proposed that Fairbanks would access the gas, he simply deleted the post and blocked the writer from accessing his page. Does this sound like the type of leadership that Fairbanks needs in Juneau?
The truth is that Fairbanks would have been left to finance and build its own supply line, resulting in an additional estimated cost to Fairbanks homeowners of 70 cents per thousand cubic feet, the standard unit of gas. When will Sen. Coghill and his cronies realize that Fairbanks has just as much right to benefit from Alaska’s resources — and at the same price — as Anchorage?
Sens. Joe Thomas and Joe Paskvan make a strong team for the Interior. While John Coghill supported the governor’s proposed $20 billion tax giveaway that offered nothing in return for Alaskans, both Joes worked hard to provide tax reform that included commitments for Alaska investment and Alaska hire (which the governor would not consider).
Don’t let hundreds of thousands of outside dollars control our state government; join me in voting to return both Joe Thomas and Joe Paskvan to the Alaska Senate, where they will continue to fight to bring energy relief to the interior.
Vote for Fairbanks; vote for Joe Thomas and Joe Paskvan.