Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Energy Tax Identified as EENR Topic for Study

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Energy Tax Identified as EENR Topic for Study

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Under the leadership of Myrtle Beach Council member Roberr Hirsch, the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR) policy committee met during the Congressional City Conference to establish policy development goals for 1993.

The 200 member Energy, Environment and Natural Resources policy committee identified numerous issues for policy development and including:

* Review of President Clinton's proposed energy tax and its impact on the environment and municipal governments;

* Transmission access-- which, under the recently enacted energy legislation will allow wholesale electricity generators to transmit their power over existing utility lines;

* Prioritization of environmental mandates;

* Superfund;

* Comprehensive Watershed Management; and

* Water supply issues.

The broad based energy tax set forth by President Clinton would levy a tax upon the BTU content of energy sources. According to a statement released by Secretary of Energy Hazel O'Leary, the energy tax would result in a cleaner environment, increase our energy efficiency, and reduce our reliance on foreign sources of oil while strengthening the economy through deficit reduction. The proposed BTU tax could both reduce state and local sales 'and severance tax revenues, and because the tax as proposed, provides no exemption for cities and towns, increase municipal gas and energy bills.

Prioritization of environmental mandates and re-establishing partnerships with federal and state government to promote environmental protection were also identified as issues for policy development. …

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