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Taxing Big Oil

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POSTED: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 4:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 6:47pm

The Senate has defeated a move by President Obama to cut billions in tax breaks for big oil companies enjoying record high profits because of record high prices.

Pushing to end the government subsidy of Exxon, Shell, BP, Chevron and Conoco Phillips, President Obama challenged senators about to vote.

"They can stand with the big oil companies, or they can stand with the American people," Mr. Obama said.

He said the public's being hit twice, paying record high prices at the pump and giving billions in tax breaks to producers.

"With high oil prices around the world they've got more than enough incentive to produce more oil," the president argued.

They've certainly got record profits, almost $5 million an hour for Exxon.

"The American people know that these subsidies are unnecessary. they're ineffective. and they're immoral," argued Senator Frank Lautenberg.

But they're irrelevant, said Republicans, to our pain at the pump.

"Facts are stubborn things and supply and demand is what dictates price. We should be robustly exploring the natural resources of the domestic United States of America for less dependence on foreign oil," argued Senator Johnny Isakson.

The Obama plan lost 51-47, experts warned gas prices will go higher either way.

"Unfortunately for consumers, and I think we're all of the same mind, there is little that can be done in the near term," says Frank Verrastro of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Aides say the president will keep pushing to end taxpayer subsidies to big oil companies.

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FACT CHECK: More US drilling didn't drop gas price
JACK GILLUM, Associated Press, SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press
Updated 03:27 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2012

http://www.chron.com/default/article/FACT-CHECK-More-US-drilling-didn-t-...
A statistical analysis of 36 years of monthly, inflation-adjusted gasoline prices and U.S. domestic oil production by The Associated Press shows no statistical correlation between how much oil comes out of U.S

But they're irrelevant, said Republicans supply and demand is what dictates price. We should be robustly exploring the natural resources of the domestic United States of America for less dependence on foreign oil,". FUNNY THING IS DEMAND HAS BEEN DROPPING HERE IN THE U.S. FOR SEVERAL YEARS, JUST CHECK THE REPORTS DATING BACK TO WHEN BUSH WAS IN OFFICE & OUR DOMESTIC OIL IS NOT BEING USED JUST HERE IN TH US TO DROP THE PRICE IT IS TRADED ON THE WORLD MARKET. REPUBS LIE AND DEFEND BIG OIL NOT us.

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