Check out the this letter to the editor recently posted in the Pocono Record
Here we go again — some of the legislature and the governor may be considering another energy tax again. In December 2017, there was another failed push for an energy tax. So, you can bet they will try again. Gov. Tom Wolf will surely be calling for a severance tax among other things in his budget. Why? Because he can’t balance a budget and now wants to grab on to taxes already paid by the energy industry and add them to the black hole.
Pennsylvania has a severance tax — which is called an impact tax — and it has provided more than $1 billion, the bulk of which goes to all 67 counties throughout Pennsylvania since 2012. A new energy tax, if passed, could change how the impact tax is collected and distributed. It would go into the black hole. A new energy tax means tax revenue controlled by and through Harrisburg.
Have you seen the recent Letter to the Editor in the Erie Times News? It makes some great points about how the Severance tax would hurt job growth in Pennsylvania.
Gov. Tom Wolf, who is running for re-election, is again proposing to levy a severance tax statewide on energy producers. This proposal would replace the currently existing impact fees. Natural gas drillers pay tens of thousands of dollars on each new well, and those funds go to compensate local counties and municipalities, generating revenue that is reinvested by counties and townships in things such as paving roads or buying municipal equipment. Since Act 13 was passed in 2012, impact fees have brought in more than $1.2 billion to Pennsylvania, 60 percent of which went directly to counties and townships. Other funds went into state agencies and programs.
Severance taxes would be based on how much energy is produced via extraction. Nearly 20,000 Pennsylvanians are directly employed in the oil and gas industry, and more than 200,000 are employed in ancillary industries such as steel, road construction and trucking. The severance tax would be detrimental to economic growth and job creation in our state.
We are producing more natural gas then we ever had before and that is great news for Pennsylvania and its residents. Jobs are being created, industries are growing and revenue is increasing because of the natural gas industry. Even all our counties receive money directly from an industry severance tax for environmental use to create park space and other quality of life activities that makes us proud to live in our communities.
And, natural gas even helps reduce pollution. Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said, “Natural gas has been a game-changer with our ability to really move forward with pollution reductions that have been very hard to get our arms around for decades.”
Don makes some great points about the importance of energy independence in Pennsylvania, and how the proposed severance tax would make us energy dependent. Read his complete piece here.
Should rate payers have to pay higher prices to prop up the nuclear industry?
The answer is no. Nuclear power plants aren’t making enough money in New Jersey’s electricity market, so state legislators want the people of New Jersey to pay them a subsidy to protect their earnings. The money they want will come out of ratepayers’ pockets.
If the nuclear industry cannot compete with alternative forms of energy, then it should not be up to us to subsidize the owners of these plants. Government interference in favor of nuclear power will help that industry at the expense of the average New Jersey resident. That is not the right thing for the government to do. There is no good reason for legislators to force residents to pay more for electricity to make these plants more profitable.
The New Jersey Legislature should stand up for families and businesses by rejecting the nuclear bailout.
Winter is the time when many of us learn to appreciate natural gas even more. Thanks to natural gas, the parts of our country that have been experiencing extreme weather conditions are able to heat their homes and keep local businesses open.
Unfortunately, some regulators don’t share the same opinion about this low-cost heating source. They are trying to shut down safe natural gas production in the Delaware River basin.
Members of the Delaware River Basin Commission are taking public comments on rules that would make a huge area off-limits to shale gas development. These rules would hurt efforts to produce the natural gas that keeps our energy costs low during winter and the rest of the year.
Let’s tell the commissioners that it’s unfair and unnecessary to ban natural gas development.
Thank you so much for everything you did to stand for commonsense energy policies. Energy Citizens like you from all around the country sent thousands of emails to legislators, made phones calls, wrote LTEs and shared on their social media channels – all for one purpose making sure American families have affordable, reliable and safe American energy.
We saw big wins all over the country. Here are some highlights:
✔ KXL pipeline was approved
✔The severance tax was stopped in Pennsylvania
✔Pro-energy tax reform passed the House and Senate
✔Nuclear subsidy bailouts were blocked in several states
✔A quorum in FERC was restored
✔The ban on energy development has been stopped across the country
✔Continued support for crucial infrastructure projects
✔Reduced regulatory burdens
The New Year is all about making big changes. As you know, [Name], we’re up against a loud opposition that likes to evoke fear and play politics with our energy future. With your help, Energy Citizens can lead the discussion about responsible energy development, and set the facts straight. We all care about America’s energy future because we care about the future of our communities and our children; we know that energy development can be done safely across the Unites States.
As we go into 2018, we’d like to start by hearing from you. Are there issues in your community that you’re passionate about? Projects that you’d like to support? Reply to this email and let us know. We want to hear about it.
Adams County Commissioners will soon be considering whether to allow energy development at the Ivey site in the northwest corner of the county. This will be a safe, well-regulated project that will deliver enormous economic benefits to the region. But make no mistake: anti-energy activists will try to stop this project with fear, intimidation, and misinformation
The Ivey site development is an example of energy development at its best. It will contribute to America’s energy supply while helping the local community. Homes, schools, and parks are situated well outside the setback requirements for energy development at the Ivey site. The project will rely on pipelines, not trucks, for removing and transporting developed resources. This will help control traffic around the site. In addition, a solid emergency response plan has been developed, with support from local officials.
In addition to supporting jobs, the Ivey site will contribute more than $76 million in tax revenues over the life of the project. These funds can help improve our schools, libraries, parks, and government services.
It would be a mistake to sacrifice the opportunities of the Ivey site project for the unjustified fears promoted by anti-energy activists. Adams County Commissioners should support this sensible, local energy development.
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed their tax reform bill. Now, the Senate needs to finish the job by voting for lower, fairer taxes too.
The Senate tax reform bill could ease the tax burden on working families and get American businesses investing in our economy again. American families could directly benefit from a smarter, fairer tax system. It could strengthen the U.S. energy security, create jobs and make our economy stronger.
Senate passage of tax reform could put more money in the hands of working Americans and enable U.S. businesses to invest in our economy and create new jobs. This tax reform bill could help our families and communities.
Bringing down our job-killing tax rates could allow U.S. companies to invest in their businesses and hire more workers. They could become more competitive in global markets and be better able to meet the needs of U.S. consumers.
Tax reform is especially important for energy companies. Lowering taxes could allow American oil and natural gas producers to compete fairly with foreign energy producers. It could increase domestic oil and natural gas development, strengthen U.S. energy and national security, and create more living-wage jobs in energy and other industries.
The Senate has the opportunity to pass the first meaningful tax reform measure in over three decades. Senators should vote in favor of pro-growth tax reform to benefit Americans
The United States is an energy-rich country, but the full benefits of energy production cannot be realized without the right infrastructure to transport and store it. From pipelines to storage facilities to refineries to ports, Illinois’s policymakers need to embrace expanding the infrastructure that supports oil and natural gas development in the Land of Lincoln.
Pipeline companies work with Illinois’s local and state governments, as well as the federal government, to address community health, safety, security, and environmental concerns throughout every phase of a pipeline’s development and operation. Pipeline plans are approved before construction starts, and pipelines are inspected regularly during the building and throughout their operational lifetime.
Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said, “Natural gas has been a game-changer with our ability to really move forward with pollution reductions that have been very hard to get our arms around for decades.” As the demand for natural gas grows in Illinois, so does the need to build and expand our pipeline system. Building these important infrastructure projects could lower heating and electricity costs, create jobs and improve our economy.
By lowering energy costs, growing the economy, creating jobs, and helping the environment, natural gas has done a lot for Illinois. It can do even more to benefit us if energy infrastructure can be expanded to keep up with consumer demand. I hope our policymakers don’t let a small band of activists stand in the way of much-needed pipelines and other infrastructure projects.
Congress has the chance to expand America’s energy security, support local jobs, and ensure Americans’ access to reliable American energy for years to come.
There is a new bill being considered in Congress called the SECURE American Energy Act, or H.R. 4239. This bipartisan bill would usher in a new era of American energy production which could mean thousands of great paying jobs, tax revenues, and economic development that will benefit generations of Americans.
States with oil and natural gas development have a long history of informed and effective regulation of the industry, tailored to the geology and practices of each particular state. The SECURE Act will cut through the bureaucratic red tape in Washington, and enable states to work with the federal government to establish new opportunities for American energy development. This legislation will also make it easier for U.S. companies to create U.S. jobs by developing our resources on federal lands.
If Congress acts, Americans could see up to 840,000 new jobs created and over $200 billion in new revenue for the states along the pipeline route and federal government. The United States is the #1 producer of oil and natural gas, and that means all Americans will see more affordable and reliable energy. It is vital for Congress to vote for the SECURE Act and keep the American energy renaissance moving.