Cynical Synapse

Sun, 31 Jul 2011

These Are Not the Oil Profits You’re Looking For

Filed under: Business, Congress, Economy, Gas Prices, Government, Greed, Hypocrits, Oil, Politics, Rants, Taxes — cynicalsynapse @ 2:41 pm

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ConocoPhillips, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, and Exxon Mobil, the five biggest oil companies, reported skyrocketing profits for the second quarter. The profit jumps result from higher oil prices, which seems counterintuitive to me. Obviously the cost is simply passed along to consumers and not absorbed by the oil companies. The top 5 Big Oil companies increased profits almost 10% over second quarter 2010. Their combined profit for second quarter 2011 was $35.1 billion.

Although second quarter profits were up 41% compared to last year, the results are “below expectations.” Investors called BP’s 13% improvement in profit over 2010 “disappointing” at $5.6 billion in the second quarter 2011.

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On top of increased, but disappointing profits, Exxon Mobil pays a lower effective tax rate than individuals, at 17.6% compared to 20.4% for individual US Federal taxpayers.

With record profits and low effective tax rates, why do big oil companies get $70+ billion in tax breaks? How about slashing those to reduce the deficit? Silly me, Big Oil owns Congress.

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  1. So well put, CS. It seems that every one in the country agree that this corporate welfare should be abolished except, of course, the GOP and oil companies. But we can’t say it would die a natural death if Democrats were in complete control; most of them are on the oil company payrolls too. But let’s keep “preaching” anyway.

    Comment by The Old Man — Sun, 31 Jul 2011 @ 6:50 pm

    • The key difference between the parties these days seems to be who they blame and what they pick to hold hostage over the other party. Congress has become as dysfunctional as Michigan’s state legislature was under Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

      Comment by cynicalsynapse — Sun, 31 Jul 2011 @ 7:02 pm

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