16 May '11, 11pm

Big Oil’s political ploy

Big Oil’s political ploy

Our guest blogger is Bill Becker. Whatever else we might say about Big Oil in the United States, we have to give the industry credit for one thing: It has mastered the art of scamming us with a perfectly straight face. The scam has been underway for decades. This year’s example is the debate about repealing $21 billion in federal subsidies for big oil companies over the next decade. To their credit, President Obama and several Democrats in Congress are pushing the idea. Oil executives have launched a counteroffensive reminiscent of Gordon Gekko’s argument that “greed is good”. Requiring taxpayers to subsidize America’s biggest oil companies is in the best interest of the country, they say, and anyone who disagrees is playing politics. ExxonMobil, for example, has issued a statement that President Obama and congressional Democrats are engaging in “political theatre” on this...

Full article: http://climateprogress.org/2011/05/16/big-oil%e2%80%99s-p...

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