An interesting discussion this week at a Politico Pro event hosted by API on the impacts of tax policy on the U.S. energy sector – timely, because if past is prologue oil and natural gas earnings reports this week and next likely will be accompanied by new calls for higher industry taxes. Let’s take a look at each issue.
First, earnings. Reported first-quarter earnings for America’s largest oil and natural gas companies reflect big companies with correspondingly big operations and investments. Yet, looking at earnings per dollar of sales helps contextualize the numbers. While not all oil and natural gas companies had reported their first-quarter earnings as of week’s end, here’s how that measure looked in the last quarter of 2012:
The point, as the chart below shows, is that indus... more »