Now, let’s take a step back here and talk about green companies and also subsidies.
You’re probably already thinking of Solyndra, and that’s great – what the fuck are they? I have no idea, other than some abysmal failure that wasn’t nearly as bad as Big Oil would like to make it out to be.
But you see, if Big Oil couldn’t make the subsidization of green companies look bad, then people might not be so distracted that they’d look and see all the subsidies Big Oil is getting.
There’s nothing better than a dumb voter, and that’s what Ryan Zinke is counting on – dumb voters, or if we can’t get any of those, at least uneducated and uniformed…they’re just as good most of the time.
Mainly we just can’t do anything that’ll give those oil companies any kind of competition, because let’s face it, that decision to break up Standard Oil by Republican president William Howard Taft in 1911 was just so damn costly that we’re still trying to fix it.
Imagine for a moment if you will, a level playing field for more than 100 years, one where maybe oil couldn’t become dominant because they weren’t blocking funding and technology and the advancement of mankind.
Well, don’t imagine it – just open the door or look out the window, it’s here already!
But don’t think for one second that having all that money didn’t stop Big Oil from demanding $2.4 billion in tax breaks each and every year.
Oh, getting all that free money from you and I isn’t cheap – they had to dole out $45 million on lobbying in 2013, which might give you an accurate worth or value to assign to Congress.
Overall, for the past few years Exxon has been paying around 17% in taxes, or half what most businesses would pay.
I should just get in my place and shut the fuck up, shouldn’t I? I don’t want to rock that boat…I might stop folks like Ryan Zinke and Steve Daines from profiting off all that lobbying. Sure, they might not get money in their bank account, but I’m sure their getting a lot of ‘perks,’ whatever the hell those might be.
But Big Oil needs that money to survive, and I should be thankful. Because you and I both know how much Big Oil has done for me this past year, oh my oh my!
And the thought, the fucking thought, that I might have to walk across the street to the grocery store, hike a few blocks to the mall, or God forbid, take the bus downtown.
That, my friends, is a world that scares the bejeezus out of Big Oil, and might well cause the donors to Ryan Zinke to wet the bed at night, or at least wake up sucking their thumb and calling for mama.
It’s a horrible thought, and if you’ve pictured it in your mind just now, I’m sorry. But again, this is what Zinke is fighting for…the lack of competition, continued monopolies, and a future where the Big Sky can become the Big Haze.
So do our environment a favor this year – vote for John Lewis.