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Stop Paying TWICE For Your Gas! May 2, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Sustainable Living.

From Sierra Club:

When Americans fill up at the pump, we are forced to pay twice ~ once for the gas and once in the billions in subsidies we give Big Oil companies every year.

Big Oil should be helping, not hurting the federal deficit. The oil industry just posted billions in profits in their first quarter reports, with Exxon reporting $10.7 billion in profit, Shell raking in $6.9 billion, Chevron posting $6.2 billion, Conoco Phillips announcing $3.03 billion and BP bringing in $5.5 billion.

It’s time for Congress to take REAL action for fiscal responsibility by eliminating the billions of dollars of tax giveaways to Big Oil.

Instead, we must invest in transportation solutions that end our dependence on oil, including public transit and efficient cars that get at least 60 miles per gallon by 2025.

Remind our representatives in D.C. to put PLANET before PROFIT and GREEN before GREED . . .

Tell Congress to Stop the Subsidies.


1. eof737 - May 2, 2011

I’m all for fuel efficient cars too but they are pricey and always seem to be on back order, at least, in my neck of the woods… We definitely need help/change with the gas prices. Right now we pay $4.21 per gallon (regular), it is outrageous!

nrhatch - May 2, 2011

I agree.

I want a pure electric vehicle . . . powered by plug in to a solar generator and recharged with solar panels on the roof . . . at a price I can afford.

And I want it NOW! 😎

Rosa - May 2, 2011

Me too!!! Ooooh, sign me up for this one!!

nrhatch - May 2, 2011

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

2. Debra - May 2, 2011

thanks Nancy…May the eyes be open and the hearts be touched…my words to congress:

Somehow we got lost in ‘helping’ big businesses not fail. Because they could not fail, as it would bring down out country. Now we are faced with the ‘many’ paying for the ‘few’.

When I go to the gas pump, I pay for: gas, taxes on the gas, and the profit the gas station makes. To add insult to injury…when I earn money a large part of my earnings pays the very same oil companies that are selling the gas I use…money (subsidies) to stay ‘afloat’.

I also realize I do not know all the ends and outs of this huge problem. Yet it seems to me that big business can do no wrong. If they are ‘starving’ because of their greed…we reward that greed with money. If they are ‘bloated’ with bail-out monies and profit from sales…..we reward their success with more money we do not have.

When do we stop?

nrhatch - May 2, 2011

NOW would be a good time. 🙂

It’s time for a change in politics as we know it. Despite Obama’s campaign promises, it’s still largely business as usual. Ack!

3. Cindy - May 2, 2011

Don’t know how to compare.

nrhatch - May 2, 2011

I confess my absolute ignorance about how oil companies in South Africa operate.

4. souldipper - May 2, 2011

We’ve ALL had enough and are not going to take it any more!! *Chokes on the dust from that old line*

But it’s true!

nrhatch - May 2, 2011

Let’s hope our representatives, elected officials, and business leaders LISTEN up . . .

We are tired of politics as usual. It’s time to put the planet first!

5. oldancestor - May 2, 2011

While we’re at it, we can all vote for independent candidates who aren’t beholden to oil companies. The only reason the republicrats need to spend so much oil company money is we, as citizens, are too lazy to research independent candidates who don’t have the money to distact us away from American Idol.

nrhatch - May 2, 2011

Yes, indeed!

As John Belushi once said, “Let’s Do It!!!”

6. Penny - May 2, 2011

Just had a getaway weekend, drove up to West Virginia. It was a beautiful drive, and it did my inner voice justice and my mindset wonders. But, the gas prices was riduculous. Gas companies know they have us by the as- ! We need fuel, so I guess we we are stuck !!!:)

nrhatch - May 2, 2011

We’ve cut way back on our driving . . . but, for now, when we need to refill our tanks, we pull up to the pumps.

Someday, I hope to pull up to the pumps for the very LAST time.

Go Solar! 😎

7. jannatwrites - May 3, 2011

I’m with you on the solar. I live in AZ, and boy do we have sunshine! (Solar panels don’t melt, do they? ;))

When it came to getting my car a couple years ago, gas mileage and efficiency were major considerations. I downsized from an Accord to a Civic. I’m hoping to not have to replace that car until better options are available.

nrhatch - May 3, 2011

Me too!

I bought a 1986 Honda Accord in 1987 and drove it for 13 years. I traded it in for a 2000 Honda Civic. I’m hoping to keep it until I can replace it with a pure electric vehicle.

It would be wonderful not to have carburetors and spark plugs and fuel filters to maintain . . . and still more wonderful not to rely on gas to get around.

8. Team Oyeniyi - May 3, 2011

You still have cheaper petrol (gas) than we do. Today ours was $1.429 per litre and has been as high as $1.50 per litre.

That’s $5.40 a gallon. 🙂

nrhatch - May 3, 2011

It’s not the price that bothers me as much as our continued reliance on messy fossil fuel.

It’s archaic. And unnecessary. Time to move into the 21st Century.

Where’s my hovercraft? 😀

Team Oyeniyi - May 3, 2011

Quite agree with you on the fossil fuel. Who knows what harm we ultimately do to the planet by continually pulling stuff (oil, coal, etc etc) out of the ground. Like the foundations of a house…..

Not to mention the pollution – we could have had alternative fuels decades ago. Money wouldn’t allow it, so it seems.

nrhatch - May 3, 2011

Well put.

We pay for gas 3x:

1. At the pump
2. Taxes and subsidies
3. Devastation to the foundation of our home

And the changing weather patterns cause even more devastation to the planet . . . and our homes.

Team Oyeniyi - May 3, 2011

We wouldn’t treat the houses we live in with the disrespect we treat our global home. The earth.

nrhatch - May 3, 2011

Maybe they’ve got so much money that they DO TRASH their own homes . . . and buy new ones when they can no longer stand the filth!

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