WASHINGTON, November 13, 2012 – API Senior Director of Federal Relations Khary Cauthen told reporters
this morning that targeting the U.S. oil and natural gas industry for higher taxes could discourage new development, costing jobs, energy production, and eventually even revenue to the government. He said API was running print and broadcast advertising to help educate Americans on the issue:
“As the recent election campaigns demonstrate, Americans are paying attention to energy issues. Taxes on the industry are a key energy issue, and, as our Election Day polling showed, voters are skeptical about targeting the industry for higher taxes. Today, to encourage members of Congress who are part of that conversation with voters, we’re launching new television and print advertising inside the beltway and in selected states.
“Targeting our industry for tax hikes is based on a mistaken assumption: that we don’t pay our fair share of taxes and are heavily subsidized. In fact, we pay more in corporate taxes than any other sector. And we pay at higher effective tax rates. We deliver more total revenue to the government.
“The oil and natural gas industry is already an engine of revenue for our nation, and it’s ready to do its part under broader tax reform. Targeted additional taxes on oil and gas are the wrong approach for what’s needed to rebuild our economy and get our fiscal house in order. More energy development produces more jobs, revenue and energy. More taxes produce less of all three.”
API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 500 members – including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms – provide most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $86 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.