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Letter Writing Sunday: End Polluter Welfare Act

Posted in Editorials on June 24th, 2012

At Netroots Nation, Bill McKibben spoke about the End Polluter Welfare Act. It was introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (S-VT) as S 3080 and Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) as HR 5745.

According to a press release from Senator Sanders,

The measure would do away with tax breaks, financial assistance, royalty relief, direct federal research and development and many loopholes that benefit the fossil fuel industry. Under current law, more than $113 billion in federal subsidies would go to oil, coal and gas industries in the coming decade.

The five largest oil companies in the United States earned about $1 trillion in profits over the past decade. Meanwhile, in recent years, some of the very largest oil companies in America like Exxon Mobil and Chevron, paid absolutely nothing in federal income taxes.

The bill is supported by 350.org, Taxpayers for Common Sense, Friends of the Earth, Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife, Oil Change International and Earth Justice.

350.org has a lot of great resources on this bill, and they are keeping a scoreboard of which members of Congress have gone on the record and which have not.

I am going to send the following letter to my Congressional Representative and my Senators.

How to find your Member of Congress’ contact information.

How to find your Senator’s contact information.

I am writing to ask that you please support S 3080/HR 5745, the End Polluter Welfare Act. We cannot afford to subsidize the fossil fuel industry that does so much harm to our health and environment while simultaneously making record profits.

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3 Responses to “Letter Writing Sunday: End Polluter Welfare Act”

  1. Stephen Hunt-Ogdon Says:

    Subsidize the Space Program at NASA. Subsidize alternative fossil fuels. You can do both with that extra money.

  2. Stephen Hunt-Ogdon Says:

    Subsidize solar panel grid complexes. Most definitely. And build more.

  3. Elizabeth Says:

    Hi Stephen!

    I agree with you in general, but I’m not sure what you mean by alternative fossil fuels. Are you talking about things like compressed natural gas, “clean coal” and tar sands? I’m not sold on those yet. From what I understand they have all of the same problems with regards to extraction as current fossil fuels (fracking, mining, strip mining) and still produce pollution that his harmful to human health and contributes to climate change, even if they are more efficient.

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