Oil Companies Risks Windfall Tax on ”War Profiteering’-warns Biden

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President Biden decries oil companies for amassing record profits amid the Russia-Ukraine crisis and threatens higher taxes. In addition, the US President fired the warning shot while addressing gasoline prices and oil company profits at the White House.

The Chevron logo is displayed at a Chevron gas station on October 28, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Chevron posted near record profits as their quarterly profit rose 84 percent to $11.23 billion amid a surge in oil prices during the quarter. [Mario Tama/Getty Images]

In Summary

  • The US President has slammed oil and gas companies for making huge profits.
  • Crude prices skyrocketed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • Rivals Chevron and ExxonMobil have reported profits in the $70 billion range this year, an almost three-fold rise from 2021.

Biden: ”Stop war profiteering”

US President Joe Biden has condemned oil and gas companies for making huge profits when crude prices skyrocketed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Speaking ahead of the November 8 midterm elections, Biden cautioned that if major oil companies do not invest some of their profits in lowering costs for American consumers, they may face a windfall tax.

US competitors Chevron and ExxonMobil have reported profits in the $70 billion range this year, an almost three-fold rise from 2021.

Biden stated on Monday that the record profits resulted from the horrific conflict that is devouring Ukraine and affecting tens of thousands of people worldwide.

According to the president, it is time for these companies to stop profiting from war, meet their responsibilities to America, and give the American people a break while still doing exceptionally well.

The president also warned that companies could face higher taxes on their surplus profits and other restrictions.

With the midterm elections just a week away, Biden’sBiden’s remarks have been interpreted as an attempt to reach out to voters plagued by continuing high inflation.

The audience applauds as Republican Senate nominee from Ohio JD Vance and Democratic nominee Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) participate in a townhall-style debate hosted by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum of Fox News at The Fives on November 1, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio. Vance and Ryan are in a tight race heading into the general election on November 8. [Andrew Spear/Getty/Images]

GOP gains ground as Biden employs SPR

Republicans have made headway with voters this year due to the rise in energy prices, particularly the cost of car fuel following Russia’sRussia’s invasion of Ukraine.

According to the American Automobile Association, the average price of gasoline in July was more than $4.80 per gallon. It has since plummeted to $3.76 on average after Biden’sBiden’s government drew 180 million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve earlier this year.

Given that the Biden administration is aware that Americans view gasoline prices as a barometer of their overall economic health, this was a price for the president to come out on Monday and tell voters that he is still working on this problem.”

According to Jamie Henn, a representative for the group Stop the Oil Profiteering, we’ve been looking for this type of leadership from President Biden.

The main entrance of the Exxon Mobile Corp. Altona refinery in Altona North, Victoria, Australia, on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. Exxon Mobil became the latest oil major to announce it would shut down its Australian refinery operations, leaving the nation with just two facilities. [James Bugg/Bloomberg/Getty Images]

Prospect of a windfall tax

This year, Big Oil has gained roughly $300 billion in extra profits by exploiting Americans at the pump. A windfall profits tax can give immediate relief by diverting that money into the pockets of hardworking Americans.

The prospect of a windfall tax has been criticized by industry organizations, with American Exploration & Production Council CEO Anne Bradbury claiming it would likely backfire by increasing energy costs for American families and businesses.

A windfall tax would have to be passed by Congress, where Democrats have only a slim majority in the House and Senate.

So far, the proposal hasn’t gained any traction, and because Congress won’t be back until late November, it’s unlikely you’ll see any meaningful movement on it before the end of the year.

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