Don’t cut oil taxes

I just finished driving from Juneau to Vermont via Skagway then Seattle, and have some startling news for petrol users in Alaska.

Besides Canada, in every state I drove through gasoline was as much as 75 cents a gallon cheaper than Juneau, where it’s $4.25 per gallon. In Montana it’s $3.62 per gallon; in North Dakota it’s $3.69 per gallon; in Minnesota it’s $3.50 per gallon; in Wisconsin it’s $3.60 per gallon; in Indiana it’s $3.68 per gallon; in Ohio it’s $3.49 per gallon; in New York it’s $3.83 per gallon; and here in Vermont it’s $3.59 per gallon. In Canada was about $1.24 per liter, which is $4.72 per gallon.

I can’t believe Gov. Sean Parnell wants to give the oil companies’ tax breaks at a time when they’re making record profits in Alaska. He says they’re threatening to reduce production because of ACES and halt exploration of any new deposits. At the same time some of our state representatives touring the Port of Portland witnessed two new oil rigs at a stop over before heading to Prudhoe Bay. Share the wealth.

I’m no Sarah Palin fan but Parnell’s not even close to her when it comes to defending Alaskans.

Ryan Olson

Juneau

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