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Legislation Ending Oil Industry Tax Breaks Will Foster Better Energy Choices
NRDC: “We need to quit rewarding an industry that keeps us addicted to their product.”

WASHINGTON (March 26, 2012) – The Senate is scheduled to vote today on a proposal to repeal billions in oil industry tax incentives funded by the American people.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), would re-direct those taxpayer dollars to promote the development of renewable energy sources, which will reduce our oil dependency and help lower our gas bills. The oil industry currently receives about $4 billion in tax breaks.

Following is a statement from Natural Resources Defense Council Executive Director Peter Lehner:

“We’ve been giving tax breaks to the oil industry for decades, and what have we gotten in return? Gas prices that keep going up and an oil industry monopoly on our transportation system.

“We need to quit rewarding an industry that keeps us addicted to their product. We need to quit letting Big Oil play us for fools. Instead, let’s improve and increase our choices for energy and transportation, and promote solutions that don’t pollute our water and air or sicken our children.

“Sen. Menendez’s bill is an important step toward doing that.”

For Peter Lehner’s blog on the gas price blame game, http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/plehner/the_gas_price_blame_game.html.

For more details on strategies we can use to move beyond oil, see http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/ltonachel/.

And to speak to an NRDC expert on this topic, please contact Bob Keefe at bkeefe@nrdc.org or Elizabeth Heyd at eheyd@nrdc.org.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 2 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

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