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A Severance Tax on California Oil?

California has long been and remains a major oil-extracting state. It is the largest gasoline consumer by far, at the highest prices. Its fields were yielding up hydrocarbons not long ago when oil was at $10/bbl or less, and natural gas was a drug on the market. There is much economic rent there. And yet California is the only . . . → Read More: A Severance Tax on California Oil?

Oil and Gas: The Unfinished Tax Reform

In the heady early ’70s, many of us sensed that tax reform was finally on its way. The sleepy public had awakened to its true interests. One of the few solid results of that climacteric was victory over the depletion allowance. For years this had been the quintessential loophole, the symbol and a citadel of special privilege: it was preferential; . . . → Read More: Oil and Gas: The Unfinished Tax Reform

Intergovernmental Competition for Energy Resources

Commissioner Dorgan is quite right that North Dakota, like other states, possesses a sovereign right to levy taxes in the manner of its choosing provided only that it does not discriminate against interstate commerce in a gross and overt way. I am only surprised that he feels a need to defend North Dakota’s use of its indisputable right. Anyone, . . . → Read More: Intergovernmental Competition for Energy Resources

Appendices for Oil and Gas Leasing Policy: Alternatives for Alaska in 1977

Technical Appendices A-L for Oil and Gas Leasing Policy: Alternatives for Alaska in 1977, 8 of them by Mason Gaffney. Others by Michael Crommelin, Richard Norgaard, and . . . → Read More: Appendices for Oil and Gas Leasing Policy: Alternatives for Alaska in 1977

Oil and Gas Leasing Policy: Alternatives for Alaska in 1977

The purpose of this report is to be of service to the Alaska State Legislature and the Department of Natural Resources in their review of oil and gas leasing policy. It is written from the State’s viewpoint. It treats the State’s interests as being frequently adverse to those of the State’s lessees, without being hostile to them. Where the . . . → Read More: Oil and Gas Leasing Policy: Alternatives for Alaska in 1977

Objectives of Government Policy in Leasing Mineral Lands

To
serve his citizens best, the statesman should act much like a private
landowner maximizing his net income from lands. He should resist the
temptation to use his power to manipulate and control, foster and suppress,
divert and channel, reward and punish on the too easy presumption that the
market has no rationale or normative value of its own. . . . → Read More: Objectives of Government Policy in Leasing Mineral Lands

Environmental Policies and Full Employment

In order to protect the environment, we are going to have to face up to the chronic (and now acute) problem of mass unemployment. To save jobs and make jobs we now tolerate polluting mills and vehicles; we chew up more earth each year for energy and materials; we secure and protect mineral rights abroad at great material, environmental and human . . . → Read More: Environmental Policies and Full Employment

Extractive Resources and Taxation: Editorial Findings

Extractive Resources and Taxation Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1967. Volume One, Publications of TRED, The Committee on Taxation, Resources and Economic Development. Out of print; available micro. Includes 79 pages of “Editorial Findings” (item B, 2, hic), plus Introduction to . . . → Read More: Extractive Resources and Taxation: Editorial Findings

Extractive Resources and Taxation: Introduction

Extractive Resources and Taxation Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1967. Volume One, Publications of TRED, The Committee on Taxation, Resources and Economic Development. Out of print; available micro. Includes 79 pages of “Editorial Findings” (item B, 2, hic), plus Introduction to . . . → Read More: Extractive Resources and Taxation: Introduction