15 May '11, 12pm

Joe Barton Complains that "Big Oil" Is "Pejorative" -- but he keeps attacking "big government"

Joe Barton Complains that “Big Oil” Is “Pejorative” — but he keeps attacking “big government” May 15, 2011 Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) — who famously apologized to BP after the disastrous spill in the Gulf — now thinks that the term “Big Oil” is mean to the oil industry. Oh, but how he loves to attack “big government,” as CAP’s Kristen Bartoloni explains . Yesterday, executives from the Big Five oil companies testified before the Senate Finance Committee to defend their taxpayer funded subsidies in an often contentious hearing. In defense of the Big Oil executives, Barton told a C-SPAN interviewer that the media shouldn’t use the phrase “Big Oil” because it’s “upsetting”: First of all, I don’t think it should be a pejorative . We’ve got this mentality on the liberal side of our political debate: Big Oil, Big Insurance, big this, big that. We compete in a global economy, and the...

Full article: http://climateprogress.org/2011/05/15/joe-barton-big-oil/

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