You mentioned that Sarah Palin had championed a gas pipeline to bring natural gas from Canada to Alaska. You got it backwards. The proposed gas pipeline, which most people in the industry believe will never happen, is designed to bring "stranded" natural gas from the Prudhoe Bay area of the oil and gas rich North Slope of Alaska to the Lower 48 via Canada. At least, it's claimed goal is to bring gas from Alaska to the Lower 48 (as well as provide much needed natural gas to the Fairbanks and Anchorage areas). However, it is widely believed that the end user of the natural gas will be a coal mine in Canada.