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For Big Oil, the end justifies the means

Posted: August 11, 2014 - 5:48pm  |  Updated: August 12, 2014 - 8:50am

I was not in attendance at one of the recent debates about Prop 1 (oil taxation) but I saw part of it later. Someone asked the question “why is big oil spending $13 million dollars in a media blitz trying to convince us to vote No on One?” The response: “The oil companies are simply trying to educate voters.” The audience erupted in laughter.

So, with regard to Prop 1 (oil tax issue), take your pick: 1. Oil companies are trying to educate you or, 2. Oil companies will spend as much as necessary to preserve a big fat tax cut that will hurt Alaskans far into the future.

Four or five oil companies with huge donations to the Vote No campaign have outspent hundreds of individual Alaskans by a margin of more than 100 to 1 to preserve their windfall tax cut that was delivered to them in part by some of their own employees who sit in the legislature. If they buy the election by “educating Alaskans” their already impressive profits will become even more impressive while Alaskans will be eating cat food. Shame on us if we fall for the ruse.

As Clem Tillion recently pointed out regarding ACES “It’s sloppy in spots, but I hardly think giving our resources away is the way to solve the problem.”

Be sure to vote on August 19!

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Lance Roberts
Lance Roberts 08/12/14 - 09:36 am
What They're About

What they're about is making money. That works to our benefit because we can incentivize them to produce more oil, by allowing them to make more money. We then win because lower taxes on more oil production will bring in more than higher taxes on declining production. Vote NO on 1, for Alaska to be part of this win-win deal.

jford 08/12/14 - 02:44 pm
Lance Roberts, once known as a Rushdoony Theocrat,

now takes his hand at attempting to convince people he's an oil economist.

Lance Roberts is the Fairbanks politician who was thrown out of the Republican party leadership for being too crazy.

He's the last person to give advice, his own party disowned him.

Vote YES to repeal SB 21. Stop the giveaway.

Not the state, nor the oil corporations claim there will be more production. It's not going to happen.

The state and the oil corporations have stated publicly that they can't stop the decline in production.

All SB 21 will do is give the corporations a handout, a 20 billion dollar handout.

First it was Lance Roberts shilling for his own version of sharia law in Alaska. Now he's a shill for the oil gods.

Don't listen to the crazies, think for yourself. Vote for your own interests, not the interests of the corporations.

Vote YES to repeal SB 21.

beaverlooper 08/12/14 - 04:27 pm
The only thing I might add is

The only thing I might add is all the new work on the slope is part of the campaign as well.
Like a politician tell them what they want to hear and if you win do as you please.

luvak52 08/12/14 - 11:20 pm
So are the threats

Another part of the vote no campaign is telling Slope and other oil company employees they will lose their jobs if SB21 is repealed. Seriously??? The big three are going to fold up their drills and go back home? Right! This is all a scam to get more of OUR oil and more of OUR money. Don't buy into the lies. Have you seen any of the debates in person or on tv? It is truly pathetic to watch the vote no people make such a desperate attempt to convince Alaskans that taking our oil and money is good for us! Vote YES on Prop 1.

Norseman 08/13/14 - 07:05 am
Big oil owns this state.

Big oil owns this state. They spend millions on candidates of their choosing and millions on advertisements.

With all of the big oil elected officials sitting in offices from the guvner on down, they can pad all of the boards with their own shills. They can pass the laws that make it sweet for them.
Blatant but legal corruption is what it is.
The only way Alaska will ever have any resemblance of sustainability is to STOP letting big oil corrupt out state with their elected pawns.
Alaskans must vote out these oil shills and replace them with individuals who truly have the long term vision for Alaska.

It just makes me sick to think that the richest corporations this world has ever seen is still doing everything they can to stick it to us Alaskans, so they can continue making billions every quarter.

This time send them a message. Vote Yes on this ballot measure and vote out the big oil pawns next election.

Raoulduke 08/13/14 - 09:29 am

Norseman- I am in absolute agreement One would Alaskan's are tougher.Than to get shook up by the big oil's IDLE threats.Big oil is going nowhere.They are making a great deal of money off of Alaska,and the Alaskan.

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