There are few Alaskans more experienced in the oil industry and few books from which I have learned more about that industry than Jack Roderick and his book Crude Dreams. If you are interested in the topics I discuss on these pages and haven't read the book, you should.
As a result, it came as something of a surprise over the last couple of days that Jack and I have become engaged in a debate in, of all places, social-media outlet Linked in, on Alaska oil tax policy. It began when I posted there and elsewhere a comment on a recent Anchorage Daily News editorial that I thought was particularly short-sighted, but which Jack thinks is well grounded.
Linked in is not the perfect forum to host a debate because of the space limitations imposed on comment boxes, but sometimes you can't pick your forum. Because our exchange echoes a debate beginning to build statewide as the legislature heads toward the last half of the regular session, I post it here for whatever interest others may find in it as well. I will update if the debate continues.
(Note: Unlike other social media, Linked in posts the most recent comment first, so in order to read the discussion in order, after reading the initial entry (mine) its best to go to the bottom comment (Jack's initial comment) first and then work up.)