We hear all this talk of paying off the debt, on the backs of education, the poor, the handicapped and the elderly and yet several elected officials, including Senator Pat Roberts, Jerry Moran and Representative Mike Pompeo all voted to keep subsidies in place for big oil companies, According to Credo Action.
The Republicans in Congress talk as if balancing the budget is an absolute necessity. Yet they continue to give money away to the oil companies. They claim this will help stop our reliance of foreign oil. But just check prices at the pump. They are sky high. Who is getting anything out of these subsides. Will they lower gas prices? More than likely the answer is that the average consumer gets nothing and there is no relief at the pump..
Again, Credo reports that Oil and gas companies spent $39.5 million lobbying congress in just the first quarter of this year, and have donated tens of millions of dollars directly to the political campaigns of current Senators, including $298,200 to Sen. Pat Roberts and $296,921 to Sen. Jerry Moran.
Fourth District Congressman Mike Pompeo said in a statement on his web site;
I believe a large part of our energy challenges stem from the desire of this President and the EPA to bring an end to the use of proven and effective fossil fuels, like oil. It’s my view that we should employ an “all of the above” approach, which recognizes our use of traditional forms of energy such as oil and gas, and emphasizes the domestic production of them. The more self-reliant we become in our production, the safer we will be as a nation. When we depend less on foreign nations for the energy to keep our country running, all Americans benefit.
So energy needs become a tool to help corporation circumvent the EPA and allow all kinds of degradation to our environment.
The bottom line is; our present energy needs out-way our protection of the environment and education this generation for the coming future. We will drive around comfortable in our big cars for the next few years, but he next generation will inherit a world environmentally decimated and lacking the education to know what to do about it. The short term gains out-way long term planning. And the big winners are the oil companies.