Texas Alliance responds to Obama’s proposed $10/bbl tax
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The following statement was released by George Rogers, chairman of the board of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, in response to President Obama’s announcement yesterday, that he will propose a $10/bbl tax on the sale of crude oil produced in the U.S.
“President Obama’s proposed $10 tax on each barrel of crude oil produced in the U.S. is another needless attempt to strangle an industry that is critical to our nation’s economy and national security. A $10/bbl tax on an industry already in a deep decline would be a death sentence. The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers will vigorously oppose this tax increase.
“Karr Ingham, petroleum economist and author of the Texas Petro Index, said the steep declines have resulted in massive layoffs, causing statewide oil and gas industry employment to decline from a record 306,330 jobs in December 2014 to about 234,150 jobs in December 2015. Texas has lost more than 72,000 jobs and counting.
“This is not a tax on Big Oil, because 92% of the oil produced in the U.S. is produced by independent oil producers — not the major, integrated oil companies. It is an attack on small business and American energy security.
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