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GOP Loves Big Oil

by Pamela Leavey

It’s time for rural red America and conservatives mad about the rising price of gas, to wake up to the fact that the GOP, who they support, loves Big Oil. And, if they are mad about rising gas prices, they will need to look beyond the GOP for the answers and the fix.

As long as the Republican-led Congress continues to provide tax cuts to oil companies who are at this time enjoying record profits, we will continue to struggle with rising gas prices. WAKE UP! The prices at the pumps will keep going up until you stand up and say no more – vote the Oil Whores Out the Door!

In today’s Democratic weekly radio address, Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan said “gas prices keep skyrocketing, and in Washington, Republicans continue to turn a blind eye to the oil industry’s activities.”

From this Republican-controlled Congress, we hear more of the same: ‘Let’s just drill our way to energy independence, sacrifice our environment and provide big tax breaks to Big Oil,'” Stupak said.

Earlier this week, Exxon Mobil Corp., the nation’s biggest oil company, posted net income of $8.4 billion, an increase of 7 percent, during the first three months of 2006.

Stupak said the oil industry benefited from $10 billion in tax cuts in last year’s energy bill, but House Democrats want to roll back tax cuts for the industry to help pay energy bills for low-income Americans, small businesses and farmers.

The congressman, who represents a district that includes northern Michigan and the state’s Upper Peninsula, urged President Bush to investigate potential gas price gouging.

Stupak said he has proposed legislation to define price gouging and provide the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general “with the tools necessary to prosecute ‘predatory pricing.'”

Bush said Friday there was “no evidence” of price gouging of consumers. He has urged energy companies to expand refineries and natural gas pipelines and invest in renewable sources of energy.

“We realize that in crafting a new energy policy that breaks America’s oil addiction, we must be bold,” Stupak said. “Democrats stand ready to implement bold, aggressive policy changes that will alleviate today’s energy crisis and answer tomorrow’s challenges.”

Stupak is right, we “must be bold” in crafting a new energy policy. John Kerry, who has been a leader in the field of alternative energy sources and has long fought against the profiteering of Big Oil, introduced earlier this week, “legislation to repeal tax giveaways for oil companies and he believes the $28 billion in savings should be used to help consumers and develop renewable energy sources.” Kerry also “introduced legislation to repeal the new manufacturing deduction giveaways for oil and gas companies.”

Here’s a view of what a bold energy plan looks like — John Kerry’s 2020 Energy Plan:

More than 20 states have implemented market-based Renewable Energy Portfolio programs that require utilities to gradually increase the portion of electricity produced from renewable resources such as wind, biomass, geothermal, and solar energy. We should build on that success at the national level. Tell your Senators to enact a nationwide Renewable Portfolio Standard so that 20% of our energy comes from renewable sources by 2020. A study by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that implementing this policy would save $26.6 billion and that commercial and industrial customers would be the biggest winners.

We have the ability to transform our transportation sector from one that fuels our addiction to one that drives us toward a sustainable future. The President should build on that demand and fuel new production opportunities by supporting a mandate that agriculture will provide 20% of the total energy consumed in the United States by 2020.

In addition to developing new sources of energy, we must make better use of available energy. New technological advances in appliances, energy grid systems, and buildings can boost productivity, create jobs, improve the reliability and safety of the energy infrastructure, and make dramatic inroads in reducing air pollution. Congress should enact energy efficiency measures to decrease energy use by 20% by 2020.

The government should provide an aggressive set of tax incentives and grants for consumers and for industries that are retooling plants to promote the manufacturing and purchase of hybrid vehicles, which run on a combination of gas and electric power to sharply increase efficiency. Twenty percent of all passenger cars and trucks on the road should be high-efficiency, low emissions hybrids by 2020.

Today, America spends more than $500,000 per minute on foreign oil or $30 million per hour. We paid more than $42 billion for Persian Gulf imports alone in 2005. It is bad enough that these dollars will not help grow our domestic economy — it is even worse when you consider their impact on our national security. Congress should act to eliminate America’s oil imports from the Middle East by 2020.

3 Responses to “GOP Loves Big Oil”

  1. At least this is a plan, with clear cut goals. The best way to reach a goal is to set a goal, like President Kennedy did with the moon program. Good luck to John Kerry, and to other humans who stand on the side of reason.

  2. 6) Keep reinforcing to Americans that they need to think before they use energy. Energy conservation is not just efficient appliances and light bulbs. It’s also thinking about how you go about your daily or routine activities. At the dog wash today, I had my 70# Rottie mix on the grooming table after we were done with the fun part. The attendent came over and tried to explain how the hair dryer worked. Over the noise of 5 hair dryers, I pointed out the weather is warm and the hair dryers use too much energy.
    One guy actually looked at the dryer in his hand, looked as his BIG fluffy dog, turned the dryer off and left with his damp and happy dog.

  3. I’m still fuming on this bit from a Maureen Dowd column Ron posted on Thursday evening:

    “The U.S. could have begun developing alternative fuels 30 years ago if Dick Cheney hadn’t helped scuttle an ambitious plan in the Ford administration.”

    Responses to “Almost Missed Cheney Attack”
    Ginny in CO Says:
    April 28th, 2006 at 4:02 am

    Can we put that into his indictment? [For crimes against humanity]
    Serious investment in alternative energy 30 years ago would have seriously saved lives by now. I REALLY want Cheney psychoanalyzed, under truth serum. The world cannot afford another like him.

    The more I realize what people have done in America, where the freedom to make money has been better than anytime in history; to make even more money by interfering with politics here and abroad, the more I have to wonder if socialism might be more realistic for humanity.

    In ’80 and ’84, I voted Libertarian. If anyone had told me then I would ever make a statement like that, I would have laughed at you.