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Written by dkoplowPosted: Apr. 11, 2018

Oil for (almost) nothing and gas for free

US plans to lease most offshore areas for oil and gas Natural resource giveaways to friends and family have long been a global concern, and there is an extensive literature documenting the problem.  This 1999 paper by the International Monetary Fund, for example, finds a link between the degree to which a nation or state is dependent on natural… Read More
Written by dkoplowPosted: Dec. 06, 2017

Fossil love and other fun nuggets in the Senate tax reform bill

Species at risk from drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge When the drinks are flowing at the open bar, it's not a big surprise that patrons swarm for their free pints.  Tax bills are the same, with amendments aplenty as the hours ticked on towards the Senate passage of a massive tax reform package last week.  Hey, when you are spending somebody else's… Read More
Written by dkoplowPosted: Nov. 30, 2017

Tax reform and the energy sector: looking for winners and losers

US Internal Revenue Service logo The optimal position for your industry in any tax reform is to see general tax rates drop while also keeping all of your old subsidies.  The political lobbying on these bills is enormous, and given the scale of the energy sector in the US economy, and the need to transition towards lower carbon… Read More