Environment Washington used a mobile billboard this week to bring attention to its effort to urge U.S. Sen. Patty Murray to help close $44 billion in tax advantages by oil companies.
The Washington Democrat was targeted because she is co-chairman of the so-called Super Committee which is charged with finding $1.2 trillion in federal budget cuts or new revenues over the next decade.
“Big Oil gets tax breaks,” read the billboard, “We get the pollution.”
“Washington’s Congressional delegation has the opportunity to lead on ending oil subsidies,” said Katrina Rosen, the group’s field director in a press release. “Representative (Jim) McDermott in Seattle has co-sponsored legislation to cut oil subsidies. Senator Murray is a co-chair of the Congressional super committee on deficit reduction, and is in a powerful position to stop wasteful subsidies to oil companies.”
Rosen said 14 other U.S. Senators signed a letter to Murray, urging her to cut oil subsidies during the super committee’s negotiations. A similar letter was signed by Democratic Washington Reps. Adam Smith of Tacoma and Norm Dicks of Belfair.
“It’s time to end subsidies to Big Oil: a polluting industry with record profits,” Rosen said.