Big Oil's PR blitz was shameful

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, May 15, 2006

After reading Gail Phillips letter regarding oil taxation ("We need to adopt right tax strategy," April 30), I feel a response is necessary. First off, Juneau never sent Phillips to the Legislature. The underlying implication in her letter is the same weary bluff the oil companies have been using since oil first flowed through the pipeline, and that is if you tax us any higher than the ridiculously low taxes we pay now, we will pack our bags and go home.

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A front-page article in the Empire the other day had our governor joining with oil company executives in issuing this same threat to the Legislature. It doesn't take a Rhodes scholar to figure out whose interests the governor represents. Shame on you, governor. The oil companies in Alaska are making money hand-over-fist and they are going nowhere. But that certainly doesn't stop their public relations blitz, including using former legislators Gail Phillips and Jeanette James. Shame on you, Gail and Jeanette.

Charley Larson


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