Energy and tax reform

The US oil and gas industry can improve both its standing with a hostile public and energy policy by seeking reform in an area not directly related to energy: tax policy.The connection with energy is indirect but strong. Congress implements energy policy largely through the Tax Code. The Energy Policy Act of 2005, for example, created tax credits for purchases of hybrid vehicles, home energy-efficiency improvements, small producers of biodiesel and ethanol, and the manufacture of energy-efficient appliances and hybrid and alternative-fuel vehicles. It offered a deduction for fuel cells installed in buildings. It created tax incentives for the production of various kinds of energy. It offe...

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