Stop Big Oil’s Onslaught on the Environment

Target: United States Congress

Goal: To revoke over-abundant tax subsidies to oil companies and support pro-environment legislation

Big oil companies have been infecting our political system by making donations to congressmen that come to a collective total of almost $150 million per year. Most of the recipient office holders (88%) are Republican. What ensues is practically a campaign for obscenely high profit margins and the ultimate destruction of our environment. With at least one anti-environment vote per day, we are slowly letting big oil companies reign over our politicians and suck every last ounce of life from our delicate planet.

The gas and oil industry as a whole spends an average of $400,000 per day lobbying congressmen. As a result, we have, in effect, undermined the Clean Air Act, removed protection for lands, fish, and wildlife, blocked efforts to prevent climate change, undermined the Clean Water Act, reduced funding for environmental protection, cut financial support for clean energy programs, and allowed unsafe disposal of toxic coal ash. In March of 2011, Representative Bill Keating proposed legislation that would revoke $40 billion in tax giveaways to oil companies. Not one House Republican stood behind this bill.

The top five oil companies receive federal tax breaks that amount to a collective total of $6.6 million each day. While this is happening, companies like BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, and ConocoPhillips are making a collective profit of $260,000 per minute. Last year, Rex Tillerson, CEO for ExxonMobil, was taking home almost $100,000 per day.

Just because most people are dependent on gasoline, it does not follow that big oil companies should be allowed to lend their conduct to such depravity. Sign this petition to urge Congress to revoke tax giveaways to oil companies and to ensure that public health safeguards remain untouched and in full effect.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear United States Congress,

Big oil companies spend a collective total of $150 million a year lobbying and donating to congressmen. The majority of the office holding beneficiaries (88%) are Republican. What follows is essentially a campaign for obscenely high profit margins and the terminal undoing of efforts to save our planet. This year, there has been at least one anti-environment vote per day. We are allowing big oil companies like BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, and ConocoPhillips to hijack our political system and wreak havoc on our environment while we watch the gas and oil industry profit at a rate of $260,000 per minute.

Resulting from the lobbying efforts of the gas and oil industry, we have undermined the Clean Air act, removed protection for lands, fish, and wildlife, blocked efforts to prevent climate change, undermined the Clean Water Act, reduced funding for environmental protection, cut financial support for clean energy programs, and allowed unsafe disposal of toxic coal ash. In March of 2011, Representative Bill Keating proposed that we revoke the tax subsidies from big oil companies. This makes a lot of sense because if the gas and oil industry is among the most profitable in existence, then why are we providing them with subsidies and tax breaks? This bill would have liberated $40 billion in needless subsidizing, but not one House Republican had the courage to stand behind this bill.

Tax breaks to oil companies are amounting to a collective total of $6.6 million per day. At the same time, Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, is walking home with almost $100,000 per day.

These anti-environment votes and the protection of tax subsidies to oil companies can only mean that our political system is falling into the grips of big oil plutocrats. We need to ensure that pro-environment legislation remains untouched and in full effect and we need to revoke all tax breaks and subsidies to the gas and oil industry.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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  1. When money is involved, consequences are meaningless. it’s just that we are on our way to extinction as they keep it up.

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