Taxing Big Oil’s Obscene Profits is Only Fair

by Tyler Kruse

October 31, 2022

When profits are high, oil companies keep all the profits. When profits are low, taxpayers have to bail them out. It is simply not fair.

Oil and Gas Company Profits Sign in Washington DC

Greenpeace US activists hold up a sign with the profits for oil companies. A report by Greenpeace US, Global Witness and Oil Change International projects that oil and gas companies could make tens of billions in additional profits while we see skyrocketing gas prices around the country. Oil prices have been rising to near-record levels due to Russia's ongoing war in Ukraine.

© Tim Aubry / Greenpeace

WASHINGTON DC (Oct. 31, 2022)–In response to reports that President Biden is considering a windfall tax on Big Oil, John Noël, senior climate campaigner  at Greenpeace USA, said: 

“President Biden’s serious consideration of a windfall tax on Big Oil companies is a step towards fixing an economy that prioritizes immoral corporate profits over working Americans’ who are trying to make ends meet. The net income of oil and gas companies is set to exceed $4 trillion dollars in 2022. Taxes on these obscene profits should happen regardless of whether Big Oil decides to increase production or not. More US drilling isn’t going to help solve the problem or lower prices – it will just deepen our dependence on expensive fossil fuels while destroying our climate, harming our health, and polluting communities.

“When profits are high, oil companies keep all the profits. When profits are low, taxpayers have to bail them out. Big fossil fuel companies claimed $8.2 billion in 2020 from the CARES Act pandemic relief bill and taxpayers foot the bill for up to $15 billion in direct federal subsidies to the fossil fuel industry every year. It is simply not fair. Taxing these ill-gotten gains would allow President Biden to invest in people, not the oil and gas syndicates fueling the climate crisis, global pollution, and war.”


Contact: Tyler Kruse, Greenpeace USA Senior Communications Specialist, [email protected], 808-741-2791

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Tyler Kruse

By Tyler Kruse

Tyler Kruse is a senior communications specialist with Greenpeace USA covering climate and energy.

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