Oct. 16, 2012
To the editor:
The Make Alaska Competitive Coalition advertising trying to convince us that Big Oil will wither away if the state doesn’t throw billions of dollars its way reminded me of a piece Dermot Cole wrote last winter.
Spokesmen for the very same MACC were traveling around the state trying to throw a panic into people by claiming that federal law required the pipeline to be shut down and removed when its flow dropped below 400,000 barrels per day. Having never heard of that, Dermot called to learn more. They admitted that the information was not true. See the article at newsminer.com/pages/full_story/push?blog-entry-Make+Alaska+Competitive+Coalition+says+former+legislator+was+wrong+in+statement+on+pipeline+shutdown%20&id=16937143&instance=blogs_editors_desk.
This was not a mistake. A well-funded organization with intimate ties to the oil industry knew full well that they were spouting a big, fat lie. It is remarkable that they thought they could get away with it. If the MACC was willing to lie with such audacity a few short months ago, why should we believe them now, especially when they are often making statements based on inside information that cannot be verified?