Big Oil Subsidies

A Thank You Letter From Big Oil

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted December 30, 2010

I got an interesting email today from the folks over at Oil Change International.

I thought quite a few of you would appreciate the uncomfortable humor of it, so I decided to share it with you here. . .

As all of us consider donations for the end of the year, here's one acknowledgement letter that you should receive, but won't:

Dear average American taxpayer,

As 2010 comes to a close, your friends in the oil industry would like to acknowledge your ongoing generosity and support.

Last year, in addition to the roughly $2300 you spent on gasoline, you gave us at least $10 billion in subsidies.  You have our assurances that this money will be used to continue to buy your government, violate human rights, pollute your backyard and the whole planet, and greenwash our image.  We're sorry about that little issue with the Gulf of Mexico, but we'd like you to believe its all gone now, and so we'll spend several tens of millions more on an advertising campaign to reassure you.

Your contributions to the oil industry are generously matched by, well, no one.  You give us the most.  Thanks .

Over the coming year we'll keep buying your democracy, you keep giving us billions, and it'll all be good.


Big Oil


You can read more from Oil Change International here.

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