You can look at it that way, I guess. But all taxes are passed on to the consumer by necessity. The only Apple can get money to give to the government is from the consumer. No company or corporation pays taxes in that sense. It all comes from a consumer.
Any article that discusses an issue that 'could' or 'may' do something is not an article worth reading. You can say them about anything. For example, double cheeseburgers could lead to visits by extraterrestrial life forms!
No, they should research a story before they print an article blowing the subject out of proportion, only having to later walk it back once they realize it was a nothing sandwich. Boys who cry wolf stop being relevant quickly. That's exactly what is happening to many news outlets, including the NYT.
You sound like you don't know about the rape epidemic in Sweden and the reasons behind it. You should look into it. It's disconcerting.
In 2005, we priced it at $37/bbl, assuming 25 wells, a few miles of piping, and 5 billion barrels in the ground. I would guess it has gone up to $40/bbl by now.
Sorry your failed ideology didn't go to chemical engineering school, or the north slope.
That number is absolutely incorrect. The cost of drilling is slightly more, but the cost of pumping it out of there is minimal since the pipelines are already in place.
The key to keeping the price of energy low is to always be ready to increase production. Putting it off for five years would put us five years behind the curve. Look for Obama's order to be replaced by late 2017.