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Big Oil before congress: If you take away our 18bn tax breaks, gas prices will go up.

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posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 01:45 AM
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Big Oil before congress: If you take away our 18bn tax breaks, gas prices will go up.


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Markey challenged the executives to pledge to invest 10 percent of their profits to develop renewable energy and give up $18 billion in tax breaks over 10 years so money could be funneled to support other energy and conservation.

They responded that their companies already are spending on alternative energy projects and argued that new taxes would dampen investment and could lead to even higher prices.
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posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 01:45 AM
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These guys are amazing. The top oil companies earned a meager $123,000,000,000 last year. How can they possibly expect to turn a profit without juicing the tax payer for an additional $18,000,000,000 in tax breaks.

A guy has got to make a buck right?

I want to know why they refuse to make any more refineries. Well, I know why, but I want to hear their excuse. It all feels like a smoke screen to me. I seriously doubt anything will come of it.

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posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 01:50 AM
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maybe they should boycott oil and look somewhere else for gas. There's Hemp, corn (i think), nuclear power. i dont know anymore. they should use hemp for gas. It would really be good for the enviroment.



posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 04:30 AM
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Disgusting, Karl, Star!

Piti-ful-thetic, i say, about oil co.'s profits! Prices on the rise, more war on
the horizon, economy dwindling, hard to imagine what's next!?!

We've already eliminated any extra trips out, in our vehicles, to preserve
gas; and looking into solar panels.



posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 05:17 AM
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and they haven't noticed.....
the price of gas is rising!!

I'm all for the idea of burning hemp in the cars...if we are gonna end up killing ourselves with all this pollution, we might as well die stoned.

if someone said something like that to me.....almost sounds like a threat....I would pull their tax cuts in a heartbeat, and then proceed to make a special tax bracket for oil executives...



posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 05:23 AM
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Starred flagged, the last time Congress brought these monsters to the table they demanded some type of immunity or non binding thigamajig.
Talk about being bent over the proverbial barrel and sodomised with wild abandon. If we put the 400 billion (2 trillion?, nobody knows for sure! half of it has gone missing anyway) of the war/occupation effort, the 18billion in oil profits (probably a low figure) we could be windfarmed, solar panel on every roof, tidal energy tricked out. And everyone would drive an American made Prius. Makes me want to PUKE!

GM, Ford had their opportunities to make fuel efficient vehicles, but they haven't, because they are big oils beyatch. My bad, not 18 billion profits, those are ONLY the tax breaks! Moogaly Googaly....grrrrrrrr. Oh this is rich, I am just now listening to wtam, 3 times the amount of oil actually used 'every day' is speculated upon that drives up prices...never even expecting to take posession of. I say we put them in a nice big holding tank, and take posession of it. I can hear it now in Congress, BP, what is 'is'. Shell, we're just a little Dutch industry. It's like someone with an immense growth on their face saying 'oh that', it's just a mole. There are some things that just make me want to go bug f nuclear, and this is one of them.

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posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 05:33 AM
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heck, all they would have to do is increase their upper managment's salary by a few more hundred more million or so each....and they could be operating on a loss now!!
what a great way to decrease your tax burden.....give the money to your buddies in the company, no, not those other employess...to your buddies who are already making so much that most of their income isn't being taxed by social security!! it can be written off as an expense, so it keeps your "profits down" and well...they're your buddies, they'll always lend you some back if you need it!


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posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 08:14 AM
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If I were an oil company executive, I'd give up that $18 billion tax break at the same time that the government gives up its gasoline tax on consumers.

Con-gress doesn't give a rat's behind about consumers, they know that what the oil companies are saying is true. The oil companies made $123 billion because they have a huge volume of sales ($1.4 TRILLION). Compare that 8% profit margin to the 20% in the pharmaceutical industry.

Mind you, I have no sympathy for the oil companies, but this is all about one thing: a bunch of Democrats trying to whip up anger against the public's favorite whipping boy going into an election cycle. They're not going to do ANYTHING because the oil companies pour too much money into the government's coffers. Its a load of crap, a show, meant for public consumption.



posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 08:19 AM
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I think you hit the nail on the head. Good post. You also bring up a good point about pharmaceutical companies. Why aren't they being brought before congress for their price gouging on the poison that they push?



posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 08:43 AM
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Hey, it's not just pharmaceuticals. It's the medical industry in general. I used to work for a medical distribution company. We would sell a box of 100 count syringe needles for .60. I received an itemized bill from the doctors office one time where they charged me 12.00 for that needle. We sold urinal bottles for roughly .60 a piece the hospital charged 23.00. That is a stagering mark up. I would imagine that the petroleum companies are no different.



posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 08:48 AM
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I don't understand the hatred for the oil companies. I'm sure you would be upset also if the government was going to take away all your tax breaks.

It is not the oil companies fault that we as a nation use so much oil. The oil companies are making their profits from volume of sales and not from over pricing their product. In fact, 'big oil' only makes like 8 cents profit per gallon. If you want to decrease gas prices, talk to your state reps about reducing taxes they impose per gallon of gas. This also applies to the federal taxes on gas.

Someone mentioned building refineries. Yes, that definitely must happen but it is not the oil companies who are preventing this from happening. The problem is all the environmental nonesense which is preventing the building of new refineries. The same can be said for nuclear power and clean coal technologies.

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posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 08:52 AM
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You seem to be missing one fact. The oil companies are not becoming stinking rich because we use so much, we always have. They are getting stinking rich because they are raping us at the pumps. What are they gonna do with all that money once they've bankrupted all the businesses and people and there is nothing left to buy? I suppose they can burn it for heat or wipe their tushies with it because that's all it will be worth.



posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 08:55 AM
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If you truly worked in the healthcare industry then you should understand that the hospitals are not posting record profits. The reason that they have to charge so much for supplies is that they have to cover the cost of the bazillion people who have no insurance and use the ER as a free walk-in clinic (which is also why everyone has to wait 6 to 12 hours to be seen in an ER unless its life threatening). They also have to cover excessive liability costs due to all the ambulance chasing attorneys that run the costs up.



posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 08:56 AM
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Oil prices went from $20 to over $100 a barrel in the almost 8 years W has been president. This has nothing to do with consumption its plain and simple GREED by the top 2 in our Government.

Thats what happens when Oil Tycoons take over the country.

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posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 08:57 AM
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Yeah this whole thing grosses me out but like a previous poster said this whole show was a dog and pony show nothing will ever get done. The fact is everyone in that room who acted like they were grilling the execs have already been paid off. That 124 Billion in profits could of been a much much higher number what people dont bring up it without the huge pay for all these execs and their good old boys and the other luxurious items and government payoffs that goes on the business tabs they would be at $130 to 140 billion...frankly these guys are making so much money they cant spend it all but they do try meanwhile real people are struggling.

I just think the big irony is this is all happening under Bushes watch whos a big oil man.



posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 09:05 AM
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Well defcon, show me a dirt poor doctor. Show me one. These jokers are no different than the oil tycoons. The costs of most people that have no insurance is a rediculous arguement. People would not need insurance if the doctors were not raping everyone up front.



posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 09:11 AM
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I think it's obvious that if the current three running for president don't prioritize these same issues, then they are obviously afraid of the choke hold big oil has on this countries economy. Even the news media seems to down play this topic and it goes away pretty quick.

We aren't addicted to oil as much as they're addicted to greed. These guys wouldn't jump ship without their black gold if their childrens and their own lives depended on it. There has to be free energy and similar alternatives as competition to force them down to our level.

When Chavez nationalized oil companies, other countries thought this was the wrong thing to do? I think if anything this should be done at the very least in a competitive way. For now it seems obvious who dictates and controls the government. I don't want to hear about oil being the lifes blood of this country either. For all we know, the government really runs these big oil companies.

These people cry about tax breaks like a prositute or drug dealers corner.
If it wasn't for the current monetary system, we wouldn't have this problem.



posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 09:12 AM
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Good posts.
I love it when banking and oil preach market forces and evil government but LOVE big government subsidies - I mean welfare - I mean tax breaks, uh whatever!


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posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 09:15 AM
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This right here tells me you have never really worked in the business. Do you have any idea how many doctors have gone out of business in the last few years? I have personally worked for several medical companies that are just scrapping by over the last 7 years. You know what Medicaid pays? Obviously not… You realize that businesses cannot turn away Medicaid patients, and the government will pay almost nothing for the services provided to them, then to make matters worse they will sue at the drop of a pin? Do you understand that illegal immigrants and people with no insurance cannot be turned away from a hospital, and use them for mundane medical care that should be taken to a walk-in clinic because they can get away with not paying anything? Do you realize that most private doctors are affiliated with hospitals and have to treat those patients for free?



posted on Apr, 2 2008 @ 09:25 AM
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It's all a manipulation of greed - that's all it is...

Everytime someone comes up with a viable alternative to gasoline, representatives from these same big oil companies show up to squash it by...

A. Offering a huge sum of money to get the competition to shut up

Or...

B. Making the competition disappear completely (by killing)

We could all have electric cars right now, as the combustion engine is outdated. These big oil companies are really taking a gamble, though, because the truckers may go out of business the higher the prices go. Additionally, people are going to start looking for alternatives themselves rather than relying on someone else.



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