Amid rising public anger over high gasoline prices, top executives of major oil companies on Thursday defended their actions at a Capitol Hill hearing and fought to block a Democratic effort to scale back their tax breaks.
The Senate Finance Committee asked the heads of the five largest oil companies to testify about proposals to repeal tax breaks. The executives of Exxon Mobil, Shell, ConocoPhillips, BP America and Chevron appeared and immediately found themselves in the expected hot seats.
All they have to do is figure out a way to bar campaign contributions from oil companies.
Without so many members of congress - - Democratic and Republican, male and female, liberal and conservative - - on the oil companies' payroll, oil companies would start obeying, and stop writing, our nation's laws.