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Call now! Congress to vote on billions for clean energy

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  • Nan Hildreth
    Next week, between Monday, 1/15 and Friday, 1/19, Congress should vote on whether to switch subsidies from oil to clean energy. The bill has a lot of support,
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      Next week, between Monday, 1/15 and Friday, 1/19, Congress should vote on whether to switch subsidies from oil to clean energy.  The bill has a lot of support, but it will be a close vote.   Please call your member of Congress tollfree at 1-866-699-9243 and ask him to vote for HR 6, the 100 hours Energy Bill.   To lookup who represents you, http://www.house.gov/writerep/ More details below. 

      Nan Hildreth, 713-842-6643


      From: "Luke Metzger" <luke@...>
      Subject: Environment Texas : Call now! Congress to vote on billions for clean energy
      Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 12:54:56 -0600
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      With the swearing in of the 110th Congress, America has an opportunity to
      move in a new direction, starting by moving toward a cleaner, new energy
      future.

      One of the first votes of the new Congress will be to create a multi-billion
      dollar fund for new investment in clean energy by cutting subsidies to Big
      Oil.  This new funding will expand the use of clean energy technologies like
      wind and solar power, while helping reduce our dependence on oil.

      The vote is scheduled for the week of January 15, less than two weeks from
      now.  You can help by calling your representative today at 1-866-699-9243.
      Just tell the operator where you're from, and they will connect you.

      Here's a sample message you can leave:
      "Hello, my name is _______ and I live in _______. I'm calling to urge
      Representative _______ to vote to stop the taxpayer handouts to the oil
      industry and invest in clean, renewable energy."

      To report your call, click here, or paste this link into your web browser:

      https://www.environmenttexas.org/action/new-energy-future/call-rep?id4=ES

      Then, ask your family and friends to help by forwarding this message to
      them.


      Background

      Oil Company Profits Continue to Skyrocket

      Big oil companies are swimming in a sea of record-breaking profits while
      American consumers and taxpayers pay the price. In 2005, the world's biggest
      oil companies reported a combined $111 billion in profits. In the first
      three quarters of 2006 they reported more than $94 billion.

      Some of the biggest oil company profits in 2005 were:
      * ExxonMobil:  $36.1 billion
      * Royal Dutch Shell: $25.3 billion
      * BP: $22.3 billion
      * ConocoPhillips: $13.5 billion
      * Chevron Texaco $14.1 billion

      Federal Handouts Lavish Billions on Oil and Gas Companies

      Despite earning record profits, oil and gas companies continue to benefit
      from billions in handouts courtesy of American taxpayers. Between tax
      incentives, below-market fees for drilling on public lands, research and
      development subsidies and accounting gimmicks, these companies will receive
      more than $31.6 billion from the federal government over the next five
      years.

      Specifically, these handouts break down as follows:
      * Tax breaks: $16 billion
      * Research and development subsidies: $1.8 billion
      * Below-market fees for drilling on public lands: $9.5 billion
      * Accounting gimmicks: $4.3 billion
      * Total: $31.6 billion

      Some of most outrageous handouts to Big Oil allows companies drilling for
      oil and natural gas on public lands to pay below-market fees, or royalties,
      for the resources they extract.  Oil companies are currently slated to
      shortchange taxpayers by $9.5 billion over the next five years.

      Another giveaway allows oil companies to write off the costs of oil drilling
      and refining.  Together, these giveaways total more than $4 billion over the
      next 5 years.

      The week of January 15, less than two weeks from now, Congress will vote on
      a bill to create a multi-billion dollar clean energy fund by cutting
      taxpayer handouts to the oil industry.  You can help by calling your
      representative today at 1-866-699-9243. Just tell the operator where you're
      from, and they will connect you.

      Here's a sample message you can leave:
      "Hello, my name is ____ and I live in _____. I'm calling to urge
      Representative ____ to vote to stop the taxpayer handouts to the oil
      industry and invest in clean, renewable energy."

      To report your call, click here, or paste this link into your web browser:

      https://www.environmenttexas.org/action/new-energy-future/call-rep?id4=ES

      Sincerely,

      Luke Metzger
      Environment Texas Advocate
      LukeM@...
      http://www.environmenttexas.org

      P.S.  Thanks again for your support.  Please feel free to share this e-mail
      with your family and friends.

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      Nan Hildreth, Houston
      713-842-6643
      www.HoustonClimateProtection.org

      "Global warming is the greatest moral and spiritual crisis facing Earth's people."  Unitarian Universalist Ministry for the Earth.

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