Flawed Analysis by (Gasp) the EIA on Severance Taxes

flawed logicOur favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), published an article on Friday that appears to “take sides” in the Pennsylvania debate over whether or not to institute a severance tax. Which is a disappointment. Until now the EIA has stayed above the fray in such issues. The EIA article from Friday offers a grossly misleading side-by-side comparison of where states get their primary source of revenue to feed their voracious appetites to transfer wealth from those who earn it to those who don’t–and how much is contributed by oil & gas severance taxes. The EIA compares tax revenues from five major fossil fuel generating states–Alaska, North Dakota, Wyoming, Texas and Pennsylvania. The graphic they use is powerful (and misleading) and appears to support calls to increase a severance tax in Pennsylvania. We disagree–strongly–with that position. Here is the EIA post from Friday, followed by MDN’s explanation of how it is grossly flawed…

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