Last week, we delivered over 100,000 signatures to Sen. Harry Reid’s office of our joint petition with Environmental Action to end the billions we giveaway in oil subsidies every year — 50,000 from USAction members alone. So thanks for taking action!
And the stakes are higher than ever. Just over the weekend,80,000 barrels of dirty Tar Sands oil leaked from an Exxon pipeline this weekend in Arkansas.1 And now Big Oil wants to build the Keystone XL – an even bigger pipeline shipping the same dirty oil, right over an important aquifer in Nebraska.
The time is now to end the billions in Big Oil subsidies we pay out every year, and invest in clean, renewable energy.
While the Senate did consider Sen. Whitehouse’s amendment to end big oil subsidies, unfortunately it did not pass. But that doesn’t mean the fight is over yet. The budget that was passed in the Senate does not rule it out, and we’re hopeful that Obama’s budget — due out in a few weeks — will include an end to oil subsidies as it has in the past.
Help our campaign go one step further. Share this important image from Americans for Tax Fairness on just how much we lose when ExxonMobil doesn’t pay their fair share.
1 – “Arkansas Oil Spill: Exxon Shuts Pegasus Pipeline After Rupture,” The Huffington Post, March 31, 2013