Sunday, July 4, 2010

How To Save $45 Billion Dollars Per Year

From ThinkProgress:
BP used oil industry tax break to write off its rent for Deepwater rig

Tranocean, the owner of the rig the BP blew up in the gulf, uses well-known tax havens in the Cayman Islands and Switzerland to lower its U.S. corporate tax rate by almost 15 points. Furthermore, the US tax code allows BP to write-off the rental payment saving BP hundreds of thousands of dollars per day. So, essentially the U.S. taxpayer paid BP to lease a rig that was incorporated in a foreign country for the purpose of avoiding the U.S. corporate tax.

There are nine different subsides that we give the oil companies. NINE. We can't help unemployed Americans, but we can provide corporate welfare for oil corporations -- highly profitable oil corporations.

We could save $45 billion dollars per year if we eliminated these subsidies. That's almost half a TRILLION dollars over 10 years -- half the cost of the health care bill.

But wait, you say. We can't eliminate the oil corporation welfare. They will stop producing oil. They will stop drilling. They will stop exploring.

Well, you know what? It will affect domestic oil production. It will affect it by less than one-half of one percent.

Big Whoopy!!!


  1. The best thing that could happen to America, and the planet is if we stop off shore drilling all together.
    We produce 2% of the worlds oil, yet we consume 25% of the worlds energy. Maybe if gas was $5.00 a gallon we would wake up. But, I rather doubt it. SUV sales are up 50%. Americans feel they are entitled. This mind set is what is killing us and the planet.

  2. We can't do this! Government interference with bidness will cost jobs. Conservatives stay up nights worrying about this, and we wouldn't want John Boehner to pass out in a tanning bed because of insomnia. Would we?