Posted July 19, 2013
Some important fact-telling about the president's proposals to raise energy taxes and why there's a better way to raise revenue for government while also increasing domestic oil and natural gas production.
Posted July 11, 2013
From time to time, a few politicians get the not-so-bright idea to try to repeal the tax deduction for intangible drilling cost (IDCs). A new study out today from Wood Mackenzie shows what would happen if this cost recovery measure was repealed effective January 1, 2014.
During a conference call with reporters, API’s director of tax and accounting policy Stephen Comstock noted that IDC expenses including wages, fuel, and hauling costs typically represent 70 to 90 percent of the cost of a completed well. Comstock:
Posted July 2, 2013
A post on The Hill’s Congress Blog by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation’s Matthew Stepp and Megan Nicholson caught our eye:
“… we suggest Washington policymakers raise at least $1 billion per year in new revenue from increased fees on oil and gas drilling, to be invested in breakthrough clean energy research at the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).”
Now, we’re used to folks wanting to increase taxes and other fees from oil and natural gas to pay for their pet projects. But instead of “increased fees” maybe Washington policymakers should just let us do our jobs. The authors note:
“According to the Department of the Interior, oil and gas drilling revenue from federal lands increased 56 percent since 2000, averaging $11 billion per year.”
Posted June 4, 2013
Fox Business – Oil and Natural Gas Industry Readies for Hurricane Season
API’s Rayola Dougher stopped by Fox Business and outlined measures the industry takes to prepare its employees and facilities for the threats posed by hurricanes. “Worker safety is the industry’s top priority,” Dougher said.
CNN Money – U.S. Steps Up Natural Gas Exports
With the Energy Department granting a second liquefied natural gas export license last month, the U.S. might soon see the approval pace quicken on the remaining export applications, CNN reports.
Posted May 28, 2013
Neat interactive infographic in this weekend’s New York Times Sunday Review, plotting the corporate income tax rates paid by various U.S. companies from 2007-2012 (according S&P Capital IQ):
Posted May 22, 2013
The Hill’s E2 Wire – Senators Warned of ‘Narrowing’ Opportunity to Increase Natural Gas Exports
In an ongoing series of hearings focused on American natural gas exports, the Senate Energy Committee heard from panelists on the pending LNG export applications. The president of Sempra LNG noted that “if we wait too long … we will lose the jobs” associated with U.S. LNG projects.
National Journal – Graphic: Keystone XL is More Than a Pipeline
The House is set to vote on legislation that would approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline today. In advance of the vote, NJ has an infographic that details everything from the project’s route size and how much oil it will deliver to its supporters and opponents.
Posted April 26, 2013
An interesting discussion this week at a Politico Pro event hosted by API on the impacts of tax policy on the U.S. energy sector – timely, because if past is prologue oil and natural gas earnings reports this week and next likely will be accompanied by new calls for higher industry taxes. Let’s take a look at each issue.
First, earnings. Reported first-quarter earnings for America’s largest oil and natural gas companies reflect big companies with correspondingly big operations and investments. Yet, looking at earnings per dollar of sales helps contextualize the numbers. While not all oil and natural gas companies had reported their first-quarter earnings as of week’s end, here’s how that measure looked in the last quarter of 2012:
Posted April 25, 2013
Low-cost shale natural gas has made North America – specifically the United States – a more competitive region for petrochemical producers. The sector has plans to add $120 billion in investments through 2030, according to an IHS analysis.
AEI Ideas Carpe Diem Blog – Spectacular Rise in America’s Oil Output
The U.S. last week reached a 21-year high for domestic oil production, more than 7.3 million barrels of oil per day, something that is “nothing short of phenomenal,” writes blogger Mark J. Perry. The last time U.S. output exceeded the 7.3 million bpd mark was in 1992.
Posted April 15, 2013
The Hill – Energy Taxes Are No Budget Solution
Steve Forbes writes on The Hill’s Congress Blog that higher taxes on the oil and natural gas industry would cost jobs, lower energy production and actually reduce revenue to government over time. He cites a study showing that “a new tax on the industry would sacrifice 170,000 direct and indirect energy jobs by 2014.”
Houston Chronicle – It’s Wrong to Penalize the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
“Singling out our oil and natural gas industry for taxation penalizes producers,” writes the newspaper. “Bad guys? You mean the folks who employ our neighbors in good-paying jobs, contribute mightily to our tax base, civic life and sports and cultural/arts scenes? We don't think so.”
Posted April 12, 2013
There is an old legal saying: “If you have the law, hammer the law. If you have the facts, hammer the facts. If you have neither the law nor the facts, hammer the table.” This came to mind the other day while reading the Center for American Progress’ (CAP) response to the latest White House proposal to raise taxes on oil and natural gas companies.
**Spoiler Alert **
They like the idea – but CAP's post is a lot of table hammering, and the table is the oil and natural gas industry. Let’s de- demagogue this with a look at the facts.