Thursday, June 17, 2010

Senate: Oil and Gas Industry Tax Breaks Remain

As you know, anti-oil company sentiment is at its peak right now. A recent poll showed that 75% of Americans blame BP “a great deal” for the spill. So, it was no real surprise when the Senate failed to say no to $35 billion worth of tax breaks for the oil and gas industry. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a provision that would have limited write offs for drilling expenses, eliminated a tax deduction for the capital costs of oil and gas wells and repealed a tax deduction for domestic production of oil and gas. He needed 59 additional votes. He got 34.

Why should such companies receive additional forms of tax relief when the average taxpayer enjoys hardly any at all. Let’s us not forget that we are in a deficit of $13 trillion dollars…yes, that’s with a “T”. So, with such a deficit, a stagnant national unemployment rate and a lingering recession, why are we looking to give tax breaks to oil companies? Especially when over the last decade, the five largest oil companies (Exxon Mobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP and Shell) made more than $750 billion in profits. This is a no-brainer; these companies simply don’t deserve tax relief.

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