As Senate Moves on Clean Energy Legislation, Exxon & Chevron Q2 Earnings Show Unprecedented Profiteering, Placing Target on WI GOP Allies


DATE: August 2, 2022

CONTACT: Meghan Schneider, [email protected]

Today, providing crucial context for the politics at play around the Inflation Reduction Act, BP and Marathon reported record Q2 profits – a 202% and 1,200% increase in profits, respectively, over the same period last year. The profits, which totaled $8.45 billion and $5.69 billion, were collected at a time when Wisconsin families were paying skyrocketing gas and energy prices. Shell (11.5 bn), Chevron (11.4 bn), Hess (667 mm), and Exxon (17.6 bn) all released record profits last week, proving that the profiteering is across the board. 

The new earnings report comes as the Senate is on the verge of passing a cost-saving plan that ramps up the production of American-made clean energy, lowers energy bills, and takes on climate change. It shows without a shadow of a doubt that Wisconsinites struggled under the crushing weight of historic gas prices thanks to price-gouging oil companies: 

  • BP gouged consumers at the pump and shoveled the money to their wealthy shareholders. In Q2 alone, BP paid out $2.3 billion in stock buybacks and $1.06 billion in dividends, for a total of almost $9.3 billion on rewarding shareholders.
    • Meanwhile, BP spent $2.17 million lobbying Congress thus far this year to help ensure they can continue to reap massive profits from consumers. 
  • Marathon gouged consumers at the pump and shoveled the money to their wealthy shareholders. In Q2 alone, Marathon spent a total of $5.87 billion on rewarding shareholders.

This profiteering is a major problem for Republicans, who have spent months attempting to pin the blame for high energy prices on Joe Biden while acting as mouthpieces for the fossil fuel industry. 

One of the biggest recipients of Big Oil’s greed is Senator Ron Johnson, who has received more than $165,000 in campaign contributions from the industry since 2017. Despite claiming he’s not a climate denier, Johnson is a notorious mouthpiece for Big Oil — just last year, he was caught on tape calling climate change ‘bulls—.

Johnson, like many of his fellow Republicans, has not offered any meaningful solutions to stop the price gouging or lower costs for Wisconsin families. Wisconsin voters have noticed. The majority of Wisconsin voters view climate change as a problem. Recent polling shows strong support for clean energy, and a majority of voters blame high energy prices on price gouging by fossil fuel companies. 

It’s time to hold these fossil fuel-bought Republicans accountable for doing nothing to protect consumers or lower costs for families. Please let me know how I can be a resource to you as you’re covering this.