In spite of political shenanigans or corporate intrigue, it seems that developing oil and gas production in Alaska is better for Alaskans than not developing it. I really am not up on the fine points of oil production and there are some heated comments at adn.com with the 12/1 article entltled "6 make bids for Alaska gas line."
Whatever the truth of the matter, developing that oil is going to be good for America and good for Alaska. I for one am glad to see it moving ahead. With further research, I might get a little cranky about how it gets done, but that's just how snowmen are.