Though many across Alaska had been predicting Sarah Palin's vision of an independent, state-controlled pipeline to carry gas from the North Slope was a pipedream, the then-governor in her emails lashed out at ex-Palin supporter Glen Biegel who suggested that the big oil producers on the Slope could be brought into the fold if they were provided some long-term tax stability.
Biegel suggested that a tax regime locked in for at least 30 years would entice companies like ConocoPhillips -- which forwarded a competing, privately-controlled pipeline plan with the oil company BP -- could be brought into the fold on the state plan.
Palin was withering in her response, echoing the damn-the-oil-companies stance she had taken not just on the gas line, but on raising production taxes on oil, too.
"Does he not understand that CP's 'proposal' doesn't meet the state's 'must haves' ... they admit it's far outside the [state gas line] law, and even CP has admitted locking up tax rates for 30 years as Glen suggests is unacceptable to the legislature, the Alaskan public, this administration and the Constitution. THEY don't even ask for a 30-year lockup,” she wrote.