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Energy Today – August 30, 2013

Energy Security  taxes  hydraulic fracturing  lng exports 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted August 30, 2013

Benefits of Fracking Will Be Tested in Syria Attacks

Forbes: Oil prices are surging on concerns that a U.S.-led attack on Syria could disrupt global oil supplies. West Texas Intermediate crude traded at $110.45 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange this morning, after rising more than $3 a barrel on Tuesday. Less than two months ago, oil sold for less than $100.Gasoline prices have risen the most in six weeks at a time when forecasts had indicated they would be falling because of seasonal decline in demand.

It’s a pretty typical market response to geopolitical unrest in the Middle East. The concern, of course, is that any escalation of the Syrian conflict will expand to include other oil-producing nations, particularly Iran. Iran has the power to control the all-important Strait of Hormuz, through which about 17 million barrels of oil pass each day — roughly one fifth of the world supply.

But this time things are different, at least from the U.S. perspective. The implications of a supply disruption are muted because domestic production is at a 20-year high,  driven by the hydraulic fracturing boom. U.S. inventories are flush.

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Let's Have Fairness, Facts in Tax Reform Discussion

taxes  tax policy  tax increases  lifo 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 28, 2013

The effort to overhaul the U.S. tax code certainly is a heavy lift. The code is enormous, enormously complex and has wide reach across America. The reform discussion should be thoughtful, fact-based and fair. Too often those are missing from the dialogue.

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Tax Reform Rule 1: Do No Harm

tax code  taxes impact on business  technology  innovation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 23, 2013

Good vibrations from California with the Max Baucus-Dave Camp tax reform tour reaching Silicon Valley and a pair of high-tech sector businesses. The chairmen of the Senate’s Finance Committee and the House’s Ways and Means Committee, respectively, have been preaching a simpler, fairer tax code for individuals and job creators

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Energy Today – August 15, 2013

Environment  rfs34  ethanol  fuels  taxes 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted August 15, 2013

Say Anything Blog Despite Record Production, State Oil Regulator Says Tax & Regulatory Uncertainty Hurting Investment

North Dakota blogger Rob Port comments on concerns voiced by the state’s mineral resources director: “It’s always been a hard sell to the public at large that North Dakota’s oil boom – the goose laying the golden eggs – isn’t a given. To ensure the boom is something more than a boom-and-bust, the state should be looking at simplifying the tax code.”

The Hill’s Energy & Environment Blog – EPA’s McCarthy: Responsible Natural Gas Production Key to Climate Strategy

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, speaking in Colorado: “Responsible development of natural gas is an important part of our work to curb climate change and support a robust clean energy market at home.”

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Energy For America - Not Higher Taxes

access  taxes  tax revenues  jobs 

Mark Green

Mark Green
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. 

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Fairness, Job Creation, Energy Security…and a New Study

Energy 101  jobs  Jobs and Economy  Security and Access  access  taxes 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
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:

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The Right Path to More Revenue for Government

job creation  Energy 101  taxes  access 

Mark Green

Mark Green
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.”

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Energy Today – June 4, 2013

alaska  exports  hurricane preparedness  imports  keystone xl pipeline  natural gas  oil pipeline  taxes 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
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 MoneyU.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.

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The New York Times Looks at Corporate Taxes

natural gas  oil taxes  fairness  Energy 101  Industry  taxes 

Mark Green

Mark Green
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):

NYT Taxes

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Energy Today – May 22, 2013

exports  fracking  keystone xl pipeline  lng  natural gas  taxes 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 22, 2013

The Hill’s E2 WireSenators 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 JournalGraphic: 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.

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