By Robert McRoberts
May 03, 2006
What do we really know about the oil coming from the North Slope?
Just what are we getting for the oil in the first place? I feel
we should be getting half the going rate per barrel right off
the top. Then who owns the pipeline? We should get a cut for
that also. I do not like the word tax. But are we getting a fair
cut? Why can we not be told what is really going on? If the oil
companies are making such big profits just what are they paying
in income tax? I am sure if I won a lottery of 6 million I would
end up paying 3 million in taxes. If this is not the same for
them we have a real problem. After all, exhaust from the burned
oil is killing the world is it not?
This gets me to my next concern. If our natural gas is so valuable,
the ones who want it so badly should pay for a natural gas line
not us. We can rent them the land it travels on. But do we even
trust Canada to protect the pipe line? After all, is it not easy
for terrorist to get into their country and blow up the pipe
line, it's all gone. But blow up the train, the next one will
be along in a few hours. And what's Canada's cut? It's all a
cost to us. We got it, you want it, you pay for it. I have said
this before, sell the gas and ship it in rail cars. It can then
be marketed in many more states at the lower cost. Then we could
be sending other materials out by this railroad. But I know something
like this makes too much sense.
We need to start getting the most out of our resources. Stop
round log export. Tax out of state fishermen and sea food workers.
Same deal - become a resident or get taxed. And now I am slipping
into reform. Take the dividend and turn it in to heath care for
all Alaskans living here for five years or born here. Then there
is no discrimination between races, we all make Alaska what it
is. Oh, but what do I know?
Ketchikan AK - USA
About: Long time resident of Ketchikan.
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