2-20-2020 “Alberta’s Lost Tax Advantage….” Beware Alaska, Texas and other oil producing areas….

Dear Dave, Today, the Fraser Institute released a new study, Alberta’s Lost Advantage on Personal Income Tax Rates. This study finds that the province’s top combined personal income tax rate is now more than 10 percentage points higher than the top rate in several other energy-producing jurisdictions. (More here....) Best, Niels Niels Veldhuis | President The Fraser Institute Why Does Our Headline Address Oil Taxes When The Fraser Study Regards Personal Income Tax (PIT)? ...because Alaska and Alberta alike have learned over the years that higher personal, sales, property [...]

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11-18-19 Last Day To Register For Alaska’s Greatest Multi-Resource Conference!

Dedicated pioneer of Alaska resource education and information, Carl Portman, announces retirement. Petroleum News Alaska, by Kay Cashman.  The Resource Development Council for Alaska will lose one of its most valuable employees at the end of June, Deputy Director Carl Portman. Among many other duties, Portman has been responsible for the impressive list of presenters at the association's conference every November. Set to retire June 30 after what will be 39 years with RDC, Portman said he will be leaving after the association’s annual meeting. “I still plan to [...]

11-16-19, NORTHERN ENERGY HISTORY: Exxon’s Important North Slope Position Includes Prudhoe Bay AND Point Tompson!

Producers 2019: Exxon pursuing two fronts Operator’s ultimate goal at North Slope Point Thomson unit is marketing 8 Tcf of natural gas Kay Cashman Petroleum News Caribou on oil industry gravel pad. Five feet above the mosquito infested tundra decreases mosquito caused mortality among spring-born calves. -dh One of the earliest explorers in Alaska and one of the primary working interest owners on the North Slope, ExxonMobil did not embark on the $4 billion Point Thomson development just to produce 10,000 barrels of condensate a day. Production [...]

11-12-19 Farewell Epilogue and Alaska’s Dangerous Oil Tax Increase By Voters Initiative

“BOTAX” Dave Harbour Glen Biegel Lawyer’s oil & gas tax scheme threatens Alaska’s economy (.PDF of this commentary here: Footnote Version & Clean Version like this w/o footnotes.) By Dave Harbour and Glen Biegel First, let’s get some ‘housekeeping’ out of the way on the proposed oil tax initiative.  Then we’ll explain why all Alaskans should be concerned. Alaska Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer recently certified a voter’s initiative petition application entitled “An Act relating to the oil and gas production tax, tax payments, and tax credits.”  Attorney [...]

3-18-18 Historical Day For Alaska Tax History – CANADIAN PIPELINE SHOWDOWN!

Saskatchewan would support Alberta's decision to turn off oil taps CBC.ca.  "If the fuel tanks start to run dry because Premier Notley has turned the tap off, it won't be Saskatchewan filling them up," the premier told CBC Radio's The ... Though Saskatchewan isn't connected to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, the delays in getting the $7.4 billion expansion completed are ... Analyst warns British Columbia gas prices could soon hit a record high Calgary Herald (3-20-18 Update) Q. WHAT IS A FAIR SHARE OF OIL TAXATION: THE ETERNAL QUESTION A. fair share of oil taxation is whatever the [...]

3-21-17 Economist Roger Marks Fact Checks Lawyer’s “Fair Share” Cliché (UPDATE)

Calgary Herald by Javier Blax.   Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Chevron Corp., are jumping into American shale with gusto, planning to spend a combined $10 billion this year, up from next to nothing only a few years ago.  (Many Alaskan and Alberta elected officials -- obviously -- have no concept of the principle of worldwide competition for attracting natural resource investment dollars.  -dh) Critical Thinking The end of the Alaska Legislature's 2017, third trimester approaches.  The socialist-leaning House majority has cut off debate on their [...]

3-17-17 State Owes Industry Investors Stability

More coming.... Resource Development Council for Alaska BREAKFAST FORUM SERIES Yesterday's Presentation Breakfast: March 16, 2017 - Dena'ina Center "Fix the Fiscal Problem Now and Don’t Destroy Our Resource Industries" Jim Jansen. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour Jim Jansen, Chairman, Lynden and Co-Chair, KEEP Alaska Competitive Coalition (Video coming) Here is last week's presentation, 3/2/17:    What's Next For Caelus? by Pat Foley, Senior Vice President Alaska Operations, Caelus Energy Alaska LLC Breakfast Packet (pdf) • PowerPoint Slides (pdf)   RDC Breakfast 03-02-17 from Resource Development Council [...]

2-27-17 Politicians attacking taxpayers is nothing new!

Breaking GOOD news HERE:  tax settlement improves investment climate!  North Slope Borough and ExxonMobil Alaska Production Inc. Settle Pt. Thomson Tax Appeals   Wealth takers justify their appetite for tax increases by criticizing wealth producers by Dave Harbour Just last week... ...we reported on how a hostile legislator mistreated a representative of Alaska's largest group of taxpayers.  Here's another take on the politician's hostility and her bias in favor of oil tax increase advocates. Actually, that's no surprise.   History in Alaska and throughout the U.S. and Canada is [...]

2-16-17 Teamster Leader Sets Oil Tax Advocate Straight!

BREAKING NEWS, 2:40 EDT:  TRANS CANADA REFILES FOR KEYSTONE XL ROUTE Posted By RICK BOYLES FOR THE JUNEAU EMPIRE Keeping the oil industry healthy     An observation from educator/philosopher William James came to mind as I watched Robin Brena lecture the House Resources Committee a few days ago on his version of reality. “There’s nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it,” James wrote. Well, Brena repeated the words “fair share” 40 times during his two-hour, 71-slide presentation. In Brena’s mind, “fair share” [...]

2-3-17 Overtaxing Is As Bad As Overfishing – Also Alaska/Alberta Fiscal Crises

Overtaxing Is As Bad As Overfishing Alaska Journal of Commerce by Andrew Jensen Dating back to before statehood, Alaskans know that overfishing is a bad thing. Stopping overfishing of salmon and regaining control of the resource was in fact one of the driving forces in the effort to become a state. What we know about sustainability of our vast fisheries resources is worth applying to yet another debate over another immense asset — our oil — and the means by which that resource is taxed. Get ready for more [...]