Target: Bernie Sanders, Vermont Senator
Goal: Thank Senator Sanders for working to end taxpayer subsidies for Big Oil.
Every year Congress allows millions of dollars in taxpayer money to go toward subsidies for Big Oil. Meanwhile, renewable energy receives a mere fraction of the subsidies given to fossil fuel producers. Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced the End Polluter Welfare Act, which would strip billions of taxpayer subsidies to oil companies and hold them responsible for their own expenses in the event of environmental damage.
In 2010, when BP’s Deepwater Horizon gushed an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the company was allowed to claim a tax deduction on money spent for cleanup. Operators of tar sands pipelines can currently avoid cleanup tax in the event of a spill. The bill introduced by Senator Sanders would close the loophole allowing this tax evasion and end tax subsidies for cleanup costs.
Senator Sanders said,
“Our federal government is set to give away over $100 billion in taxpayer dollars to the oil, gas, and coal industries over the next ten years. That is totally absurd. When we have a $15.6 trillion national debt, we cannot afford it. When the five largest oil companies have made over $1 trillion in profits over the last decade, they don’t need it. When some of these same polluters have, in a given year, paid zero in federal income taxes and actually received IRS rebate checks worth million, they don’t deserve it. When fossil fuels are the number one source of human-caused GHG emissions, creating a planetary crisis of global warming that is already causing devastating extreme weather disturbances, we can’t ignore it.”
It is high time somebody stood up to Big Oil. Thank Senator Bernie Sanders for his efforts to end these ridiculous tax subsidies.
Dear Senator Sanders,
Thank you for your recent introduction of the End Polluter Welfare Act. At a time when the earth is at an environmental tipping point and the country still recovering from an atrocious financial crisis, we need legislation like this more than ever.
Big Oil has spent too long with their hands in taxpayer coffers to subsidize production and clean up while Congress turns a blind eye. It is refreshing to see someone willing to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and stand up for taxpayers. Every day we watch powerlessly as Congress is bought and sold by those with the money to do so. Rarely does it feel like our elected officials are working toward what is best for the people of this nation.
The End Polluter Welfare deserves the support of every member of Congress. Thank you Senator Sanders for proposing this critical piece of legislation.
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