07-23-09 For Big Oil House GOP Delivers Christmas in July

House Package a Disaster for Consumers and Climate

07-23-2008 // NWF Media Team

WASHINGTON, DC -- Big Oil lobbyists will rush down the Capitol steps today like kids on Christmas morning and they won't believe their eyes. Letting them drill for more oil in more places and only hot air on energy efficiency--House Republicans want to give them everything Big Oil has asked for.

Big Oil has been very good this year to candidates of both parties, but particularly to Republicans. According to OpenSecrets.org, just three oil companies--BP, Chevron and ExxonMobil--have contributed $1,067,139 to Republican candidates in the 2008 election cycle alone. But go back to 1990 and those three Big Oil companies have given an astounding $19,909,655 to Republican candidates. Democrats running for office in federal races have received $389,549 from BP, Chevron, and ExxonMobil this election cycle and $5,448,052 since 1990.

"Letting Big Oil drill for more oil in more of America's lands and waters would only provide a drop in the bucket towards our energy needs while barely making a ripple in prices at the pump," said Adam Kolton, the National Wildlife Federation's senior director of Congressional and federal affairs. "This bill would do little or nothing to help consumers struggling with high energy bills, but would lock in massive profits for Big Oil and worsening global warming pollution. For anyone who cares about protecting our children from climate change or preserving America's natural resources, this package should be dead on arrival."

Meanwhile, consumers are left with nothing but lumps of coal and oil shale in their stockings. The Republican plan will open new frontiers of fossil fuel dependence with liquid coal and oil shale with only token measures towards clean energy and efficiency. While drilling on America's public lands has skyrocketed 260 percent in the last eight years, gas prices have only followed suit, rising 250 percent.

"This legislation is simply an extension of the same policies that have created this problem in the first place," said Kolton. "Americans know we can't drill our way out of our energy crisis. We need bold leadership on clean energy solutions that would recharge America's economy by breaking our addiction to oil, creating clean energy jobs, and solving global warming."

The National Wildlife Federation is America's conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.