In May, the EPA closed loopholes at oil refineries which allowed Clean Air Act exemptions during start up, shut down or malfunction. Coincidentally (or not), the American Petroleum Institute recently launched a new primetime ad implying that they’re too strapped for cash to clean up pollution. But facts from the Moms Clean Air Force, which just launched a Clean Air for Kids petition, puts that in perspective: Big Oil is drowning Congress in lobbying money.
Energy companies spent $1.8 billion on lobbying between 2010 and 2014. According to MCAF, $10 million in taxpayer-funded subsidies go to fossil fuel companies every minute.
Want specifics? In Louisiana, ExxonMobil began a refinery upgrade that cost taxpayers $119 million; the project began in 2011 when the company made a $14 billion profit. In Pennsylvania, Shell received $1.6 billion in taxpayer money for a new refinery; that year, the company profited $26.8 billion.
What can you do? Join the MCAF’s petition for Senators to support the EPA’s proposed stronger smog protections and stand up to Big Oil! Click the link to sign. I did!