Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Oil Companies Don't Need Our Tax Dollars
May 09, 2011 9:23 am ET
Senate Democrats say they will move forward this week with a plan to eliminate tax giveaways for the top oil companies, which would save taxpayers billions. Republicans have voted in lockstep to protect these giveaways - but lately, their rhetoric has shifted. Will they change course and put the American people before their oil company donors?


Oil companies raking in record profits get enough of our money at the pump -- they don't need billions of our tax dollars, too.

Connect: American families are struggling -- oil companies aren't.
Define: Oil company profits are at record highs, but Washington Republicans are using high gas prices as an excuse to keep handing them billions.

Taxpayer-funded handouts for oil companies won't do anything to relieve the pain Americans feel at the pump -- and only drive our deficit higher.

Giving tax breaks to oil companies to drill is like paying the sun to rise every morning, but politicians are protecting them for their oil company CEO donors.

Offer solutions:
We can start reducing our deficit right now by getting rid of wasteful tax giveaways for oil companies and reducing our dependence on oil by developing clean, safe sources of energy that will create American jobs and never run out.


"Obama's energy policies are driving up gas prices."

We need to continue subsidies for oil companies to encourage domestic drilling."

"Subsidies for wind and solar energy have resulted in virtually nothing."

  • Wind power has been the fastest-growing source of new electric power for years, and the solar industry grew by almost 70% last year alone and put the U.S. back in the forefront of the global energy industry.
  • The best way to bring jobs and prosperity back to this country is also the best way to end our dependence on foreign oil - by harnessing our limitless supply of clean energy and building wind turbines, solar panels, and energy-efficient products that say "Made in America."
  • We have led every technological revolution of the last two centuries, from electricity to telephone to automobiles, and we can lead this one too.


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  1. Joram,
    I wish I lived in a state that had a near balance of party affiliation. I however live in an extreme red state. My writing and email and calling is treated by my senators as if it never happened, and by the Governor and my Congressional Representative as if I am in agreement with them. I write or call to ask their support on something, and a month later I get a confusing letter that sounds as if we are in agreement on the issue and they voted with my intent, which they did not. Most of my political efforts are out of state, giving money and contacting what I see as targetable people in other states.

  2. Joram:

    Calif. Ballot Measure Would Create Oil Tax
    Money Generated Would Fund Education

    By Ed Joyce

    May 9, 2011

    Initiative supporters have just received approval from California Secretary of State Debra Bowen to circulate petitions.

    The proposed measure would put a 15 percent tax on each barrel of oil extracted in California.

    The money raised would benefit K-12 and higher education.

    One of the three initiative supporters, Paul Garver, lives in San Diego.

    Garver said California is the only major oil producing state that doesn't tax oil when it's removed from the ground.

    "California produces about 600,000 barrels a day, which is just below Alaska's rate," said Garver. "We're the third largest producer in the country. If we tax at that rate we'll raise, depending on the price of oil, between $2 and $4 billion a year."

    Garver said 30 percent of the oil tax revenue would go to K-12 education, 48 percent to community colleges and 11 percent each to the University of California and California State University.

    He said the 15 percent tax would not be passed on to consumers by oil companies.

    "And the reason is that there's no economic mechanism to pass this tax on to consumers other than collusion or fraud," said Garver. "But we have a provision in the initiative that if it appears that they have tried to do that illegally then that money can be recovered and returned to consumers."

    Garver said there is also a provision prohibiting producers from passing the tax on to refiners, gasoline stations, or consumers.


    Whit says, "Sounds like a good way to relieve the financial stresses on public school education in California."

  3. I hope they are successful in reducing these damn subsidies. Love watching the Republicans squirm as they try to defend them, and try to recast the debate as "Dems raising taxes".....

  4. I am having major issues with my blog. I will answer your comments shortly. Sorry

  5. Whit -

    Republicans want to cut funding for Head Start, Pell Grants and cancer research. But what would make a whole lot more sense is to cut tax breaks for big oil companies, offshore tax havens and outsourcing instead.

  6. Skinny -

    Pressed repeatedly by Jon Karl to stake out a position on tax credits enjoyed by offshore oil companies, (R) Joe Barton argued that the subsidies represent equal treatment, and are required to keep the companies like Exxon-Mobil from going out of business.

    "Over time if you put so many disincentives against any U.S. manufacturing or production company, or oil and gas exploration company, they'll go out of business," Barton said.

    What a crock of shit!!!

  7. fringe -

    I guess it's like living between a rock and a hard place...they have by the "short hairs!"

  8. illumination Guy's:

    If we can stop the oil companies from "lubing" the campaign wheels of the politicians, we will end the subsidies.