Tell Congress to Pass a Strong Price Gouging Bill

Here’s the bad news: Gas prices hit a record high around Memorial Day and show no sign of declining anytime soon.

Here’s the good news: Already, 500,000 people have signed last week’s petition asking Congress to make gas price gouging illegal. The American people have had enough, and it’s time for a change.

But Big Oil is fighting new legislation tooth and nail, and the Senate is voting on an anti-price gouging bill in just two weeks. If we can reach 750,000 names, we’ll hand deliver the petition to Congress to remind them we’re watching.

“Gasoline price gouging should be made a federal crime before the summer price increases hurt more American families.”

Big Oil will stop at nothing to protect their profits, and they’ve got lobbyists all over Capitol Hill.

When the House passed a price gouging bill last week, the oil companies got language added at the last minute that makes the bill difficult to enforce.

But the new Congress has Big Oil worried. They started running ads last week to scare people into thinking that federal legislation will actually raise prices. As the Houston Chronicle reported:

The radio ads are part of a media campaign the trade group is funding, hoping to swat down calls for a new windfall profits tax on the oil industry and at fending off legislation to make price gouging at the pump a federal crime.1

The oil companies are out of control, but we’re on to them. A lot of folks are already stretched to the limit, and these high gas prices are just too much. We’re tired of policies that give billions to Big Oil, instead of supporting alternatives that would be better for the planet and our pocketbooks.

Our elected representatives hear every day on Capitol Hill from the oil companies, so the Senate needs to hear even louder from us not to cave and weaken the bill. We’re hoping to get 750,000 signatures to deliver to Congress before the next vote. We’re at 500,000 now. Can you sign our petition asking Congress to stand on the side of the American people?

Click here.

Donna G., a MoveOn member from Indiana, couldn’t have said it better:

Stop the insanity! We need the government’s help to curb the huge profits going into the pockets of the oil barons while the rest of the nation is struggling just to make ends meet.

Thanks for all you do,–Ilyse, Justin, Eli, Aaron and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team
Monday, June 4th, 2007

Sources:

Energy ads beat up on the ’70s,” Houston Chronicle, June 1, 2007

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  1. It is my position that the U.S. Senate is required by the U.S. Constitution to negotiate the price of crude oil delivered to the U.S. by any country or consortium of countries.(Namely OPEC)

    The U.S. Senate should be engaged now before it is too expensive to contract for oil deliveries in the future. Instead of participating in a bid-o-go-round with the rest of the world for oil, the U.S. Senate is required by law to establish treaties of this nature for the general walfare of the United States of America.

    Let’s hope they listen to reason before the price of gas is $5 a gallon or more… Editor, SavePress Publications

  2. The only energy or oil monopoly in this country is a governmental institutionalized monopoly on our country energy market. The legislative branch has been engaging in anti-competitive energy practices from drilling to building new refineries and much more. They are in clear violation of the

    “Sherman Antitrust Act
    This Act expresses our national commitment to a free market economy in which competition free from private and governmental restraints leads to the best results for consumers.” http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/contact/newcase.htm#file

    Clearly the governmental restraint are in violation of a free market economy and is criminal negligence on the part of the liberal politicians who are the real cartel that profit in taxes more then 3 to 1 to the oil companies that actually work for their money and then have to pay taxes on top of that. So when Oil profits go up the tax revenue increase is 3 times that of the oil companies. So who do you think is the real cartel???

    This criminal incompetence of the democrats and legislative politicians anti free market energy economy in allowing American companies to meet American Oil needs is in need of change and with bush opening up offshore drilling it is time that we conservatives take a page from the left wing play book and for us to us the judicial system in upholding our laws and open up drilling.

    Why dose the Senate call for investigations on big oil? Because they are trying to transfer the blame off of them by placing the blame on someone else. By placing the blame on the oil companies and keep people from seeing that government is the true problem they are able to offer false hope in an effort to gain more power and money from taxes while eliminating a free market economy in our country and forcing us to send our money to unfriendly Middle Eastern countries.

    Why should we drill?
    1) Create more high paying jobs for Americans
    2) Become energy independent and stop sending $700 billion to middle eastern countries that support terrorism
    3) Invest the $700 billion in America
    4) $700 billion is 6% of the yearly US economy, and investing this in America would do what to our economy? Lower inflation and strengthen the US dollar?
    5) Instantly drop the price of oil because oil Speculators like me would invest in commodity producers that provide the product like Exxon, Chevron, BP, Shell, because this is the smart investment. When Oil Speculators transfer investments the Oil price falls on the stock market.


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