America’s polar bears are struggling to survive — with biologists predicting they could disappear in just a few short decades. But Big Oil uses your tax dollars to drill in key polar bear habitat.
Sea turtles, dolphins and other Gulf Coast wildlife paid the price of the Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster. Yet Big Oil still spends your tax dollars on pursuing more risky drilling in the Gulf and other coastal waters.
Today, the U.S. Senate could vote to end the $4 billion in taxpayer giveaways to Big Oil — but we need your voice to make it happen.
Just deliver this quick message:
“My name is (NAME) and I live in (STATE) and I’m calling to urge my Senator to support the Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act (S. 2204) being voted on today. I want my tax dollars to be invested in clean, renewable energy — and not be used to prop up polluters’ profits.”
A vote could come as soon as TODAY — Please call now!
From 2001 to 2011, the top five Big Oil companies raked in more than $1 trillion in profits. But these companies continue to receive $4 billion each year in taxpayer subsidies. With rising gas prices and a fragile economy, why should American taxpayers prop up polluters’ profits?
It seems simple: Instead of putting our polar bears, sea turtles and other wildlife at risk, our tax dollars should be used to invest in long-term, clean energy solutions that will end our dependence on dirty fossil fuels — and put us on a course toward a cleaner, safer energy future.
But as much as this legislation makes sense, passing this bill will not be easy. The oil industry has already shown its reach in this Congress, slipping harmful measures into legislation that would hand over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, our coastal waters and other natural treasures to Big Oil’s dirty drills.
One quick call can make a big difference for our wildlife and wild places.
Read what Defenders’ president Jamie Rappaport Clark has to say about Big Oil subsidies and what Congress should do to redirect this country to a more sustainable energy future on National Journal’s Energy and Environment Experts Blog.