A slew of anti-Big Oil/pro-clean energy action alerts for the 110th Congress

January 16th, 2007 4:11 pm by mad mags

UPDATE, 1/22/07:

As many of you know, HR6 passed the House on Thursday; you can read the full text of the bill here.

Says Ayinde O. Chase of All Headline News,

On Thursday the House of Representatives passed the CLEAN Energy Act (H.R. 6), which rolls back subsidies and tax breaks for Big Oil, by a vote of 264 to 163. The bill specifically aims to close certain tax loopholes available to big oil companies, and collect royalties from oil and gas produced in public waters. The legislation when enforced will shift more than $14 billion from certain subsidies to investments in clean energy, such as energy-efficient technologies and renewable power. […]

The monies collected could be directed to:

– spur the construction of wind and solar energy power generation facilities

– provide incentives for energy-efficient appliances, buildings and equipment

– enable more people to purchase gas-saving hybrid cars and trucks […]

An Apollo Alliance study discovered that a major investment in alternative energy technologies has the potential of adding more than 3.3 million new jobs to the nation’s economy, stimulating $1.4 trillion dollars in new Gross Domestic Product, and eventually paying for itself in a 10-year time span.


My favorite headline come from Salon: “Big Oil gets punked” (!).

Earthjustice recommends sending your rep a thank you, that is, if she or he is deserving of one. Otherwise, ignore the twit and vote against him/her in the next election cycle.


With Congress slated to vote on the clean energy portion of their 100 Hours agenda later this week, the action alerts are coming at my inbox, fast and furious. Rather than post each individually, here’s a roundup of those that call on Congress to end subsidies for Big Oil, support clean energy, and/or vote yes on H.R. 6. I’ll add new ones to the top of the list as they arrive.

Greenpeace: Cut Big Oil Tax Breaks

You’ve been watching gas prices and oil profits climb for years, but now you’ve got a chance to turn the tables on the Big Oil companies. On January 18, Congress will vote to cut tax breaks for the nation’s wealthiest oil companies. BILLIONS of dollars that were piling up in executive bank accounts will instead be invested in a clean energy revolution. It’s up to you to make it happen. [Read more…]

National Resources Defense Council: Tell your representative to vote Yes for the CLEAN Energy Act

The House of Representatives could vote as early as January 18th on a bill that would cut subsidies to the oil industry and help promote clean energy resources. Send a message right away urging your representative to support this important bill. [Read more…]

Oil Change International: Separation of Oil & State – January 2007

The 110th Congress could ensure a Separation of Oil and State. Congress should end domestic oil subsidies, invest in efficiency and renewable fuels, and ultimately repeal all subsidies to the oil industry domestically and internationally. We need an energy policy that addresses both global warming and energy security. [Read more…]

Defenders of Wildlife: Make a Difference for Our Polar Bears — and Our Energy Future

One of the top agenda items of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is to cut Big Oil tax breaks and recover billions in unpaid royalties, investing those funds in efficiency and renewable energy. You can help make it happen and bring new hope for our polar bears and other wildlife that are threatened by our addiction to fossil fuels. [Read more…]

Environmental Defense: Send an Email to Support Clean Energy

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on legislation that would fund clean energy projects by rolling back billions of dollars worth of oil drilling incentives and raising billions more through federal royalties paid by oil and gas companies for offshore production from taxpayer-owned oil and gas fields. [Read more…]

World Wildlife Fund: Help Pass Green Energy Legislation

U.S. activists: Urge your representative to support a bill to boost renewable energy and energy efficiency. It’s way past time to end our nation’s addiction to oil and to stop the global warming, habitat destruction and pollution which that bad habit causes. [Read more…]

Audubon: Support a Cleaner Energy Future; Stop Handouts to Big Oil

The entire environmental community in Washington, D.C. is turning out to work on the environmental elements of the 100 hour agenda. We intend to signal Congress that we are solid allies in the agenda to chart a smarter energy course for the country and reduce the pollution that contributes to Global Warming. Join us today by urging your Congressman to support clean energy legislation – an important first step in efforts to address Global Warming. [Read more…]

Corporate Accountability International: Big Oil follows in footsteps of Big Tobacco

[T]he oil industry is following the tobacco industry’s lead by casting doubt on the facts about global warming. The industry has spent millions of dollars funding a few climate change skeptics whose “science” has helped spread uncertainty about global warming. […] It’s time to call on the new Congress to reject ExxonMobil’s disinformation campaign. Tell your senators and representative to eliminate billions of dollars in tax breaks for major oil companies and support bills that ensure reductions in global warming pollution. Write to your representatives today. [Read more…]



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