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Congressman Laughably Claims: "There are no government subsidies for oil"

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As you can see in this video from ThinkProgress, Rep. Dan Benishek somehow manages to keep a straight face while lying through his teeth to his constituents. What Benishek claims, that "There are no government subsidies of oil" and that "The government does not give oil companies money," is categorically, unequivocally, and laughably false.

In fact, as Christopher Mims of Grist points out, oil companies get so much money from the government that "If fossil fuel subsidies were distributed to every person, we’d each get $58/year. Or, as we've previously pointed out, there have been counts of how much federal largesse goes to dirty oil executives like Rex Tillerson and Gregory Boyce. They range from $10 billion a year by the Environmental Law Institute, to the more comprehensive, $52 billion a year by  Doug Koplow of EarthTrack.

No matter how you look at it,  these subsidies are unjustifiable for an industry that's raking in enormous profits -  the five largest oil companies making "a record-high $137 billion in profits in 2011...[and] more than $1 trillion in profits from 2001 through 2011."  Unless, of course, you believe Rep. Benishek's big lie that the oil industry gets "no government subsidies" at all. No, we didn't think you did.

P.S. Not surprisingly, Rep. Benishek has received tens of thousands of dollars in oil and gas industry contributions over the years.