The Centre Daily Times (State College, PA) recently ran an editorial with typical scare-tactic, kindergarten logic, while at the same time supporting the obscene taxation of drilling in the Marcellus in Pennsylvania.
The editorial recounts how a number of so-called conservation groups have their greedy hands out and want a piece of the pie (my words, not theirs). So in the tortured logic of these groups, they want to tax tax tax the Marcellus. On one hand conservation groups and the Centre Daily Times decry drilling and paint a nightmarish picture of water and noise pollution, road damage, and general malaise. In the next breath they say, “Oh well, if it’s gonna happen, let’s at least grab a piece of the action for ourselves.” It’s thuggish thinking and thuggish behavior. A protection racket–pay to play. And newspapers like the Centre Daily Times fall right in line, along with their Democrat co-conspirators in Pennsylvania state government.
Perhaps this is a teachable moment? The taxarati (the taxing class), will tell you energy companies will have to pay the tax, and that there’s more than enough money going around that “a little tax won’t hurt anyone,” with the justification that “39 other states do it too.” Wrong. Natural gas prices have come down dramatically in the past 12 months and new exploration is at best a break-even affair at this point.
Point #1: Drilling will slow or stop. Making drilling more expensive by adding more tax may tip the scales and make it an unprofitable venture, and the drilling will stop. There are already indications that new drilling has slowed throughout the Marcellus.
Point #2: Landowners will not escape the tax. Do you think energy companies alone will bear the tax? Wrong! Landowners will also be part of this tax. The energy companies will not bear the burden alone. More tax means less in landowners’ pockets.
Point #3: Consumers will ultimately pay. Do you think corporations simply “live” with making smaller margins of profit? They do not. They pass along increases in higher prices. There truly is no such thing as a tax increase on business that is paid by anyone other than the consumer. It is always the case. You may think you’re “soaking the rich” by increasing taxes on businesses, but those taxes are treated as a cost of business and factored into the price consumers will pay. By taxing business, you have just taxed yourself. Doh!
Wake up PA, and reject the notion of a severance tax on Marcellus drilling.
Read the Centre Daily Times editorial: Tax the source of the mess