The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the most powerful corporate lobbying organization in Sacramento, spent over $4.67 million, more than any other interest group, while lobbying state government in 2013, according to data released by the Secretary State’s Office and compiled by Capitol Weekly.
Every year Americans spend hundreds of billions of dollars at the gas pump, but where does that money go? To find the answer, UCS examined how drivers’ gas dollars are distributed among all the stakeholders involved in getting oil from the ground to your gas tank.
The results are clear. Your gas money doesn’t support your local gas station, nor does it benefit you financially, even if you own oil company stock. Most of the money you spend at the pump goes directly to one place: oil companies.
Oil companies and their allies are working to overturn California’s historic clean air, clean fuels and clean energy laws. This Thursday Big Oil is hosting a closed-door meeting in Burbank to plot their latest strategies to overturn our state’s popular and effective clean air standards.
Join the conversation this THURSDAY Jan. 24th at NOON and tell Big Oil to Stop Fooling California!
How you can join the conversation:
— Log into Twitter at 12:00pm on January 24th
— Tweet one of the messages we crafted below or write your own – be sure to use #stopfoolingCA
— Chat with others using #stopfoolingCA
Messages to Tweet:
— Californians paid $60 billion @ the pump in 2011. Oil companies spend tens of
millions to kill CA’s clean energy standards #stopfoolingCA
— Big Oil makes more in 1 minute than 96% of U.S. households make in 1 year #stopfoolingCA
— Big Oil receives more than $21.4 million in federal tax breaks per day #stopfoolingCA
We can’t fight big oil’s big wallet, but we can out-organize them and we need your help. Send this invite to your followers, listervs, friends and more to help spread the word.