House GOP Scores Early Victory in Offshore Drilling Initiative
"While the administration rejected an invitation to testify on Hastings' bills, Salazar yesterday said they collectively reflect "amnesia" of the BP spill and the difficulty industry and regulators faced containing the oil.
"Some people seem to have gotten amnesia of Deepwater Horizon and the horrific BP spill," he said. "I don't have amnesia.""
Oil severance tax plan slips into view
"Other huge oil states – Texas and Alaska, for example – have oil severance taxes. Alaska has a progressive, 25 percent oil severance tax, the largest in the country, and some two-dozen states have severance taxes on oil, gas or both.
So why not California?"