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Obama calls for end to Big Oil's tax breaks

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 01:46

March 29 - U.S. President Barack Obama challenges Congress to repeal billions of dollars in tax breaks for the biggest U.S. energy companies, saying they are raking in record profits while Americans struggle with higher gasoline prices. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama challenged Congress on Thursday (March 29) to repeal billions of dollars in tax breaks for the biggest U.S. energy companies, saying they are raking in record profits while Americans struggle with higher gasoline prices. "Today, members of Congress have a simple choice to make. They can stand with big oil companies, or they can stand with the American people," he said at an event in the White House Rose Garden highlighting one of the hottest issues in the U.S. presidential campaign. Instead of rewarding oil companies, the United States should "double down" on clean energy, Obama said in his speech. "Keep in mind, we can't just drill our way out of this problem," Obama said before a crowd of about 100 people, including representatives of environmental groups and Americans affected by the rising cost of gasoline. The U.S. Senate was to vote on Thursday on legislation backed by Democrats that would eliminate more than $24 billion in tax deductions granted to big oil companies over the next decade. The measure would also extend some tax breaks intended to foster clean energy initiatives.

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Obama calls for end to Big Oil's tax breaks

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 01:46