BREAKING: As Senate Moves on Clean Energy Legislation, Exxon & Chevron Q2 Earnings Show Unprecedented Profiteering, Placing Target on NV GOP Allies
Today, in important context for the politics at play around the Inflation Reduction Act, ExxonMobil and Chevron reported a Q2 profit margin higher than any in their history – a 273% and 247% increase in profits, respectively, over the same period last year. The profits, which totaled $17.5 billion and $11.4 billion, were collected at a time when American families were paying skyrocketing gas and energy prices.
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 Nevadans struggled under the crushing weight of historic gas prices thanks to price gouging oil companies:
- Exxon gouged consumers at the pump and shoveled the money to their wealthy shareholders. In Q2 alone, Exxon paid out $6 billion in stock buybacks and $7.5 billion in dividends, for a total of almost $13.5 billion on rewarding shareholders.
- Meanwhile, Exxon spent $3.7 million lobbying Congress thus far this year to help ensure they can continue to reap massive profits from consumers.
- Chevron gouged consumers at the pump and shoveled the money to their wealthy shareholders. In Q2 alone, Chevron paid out $2.8 billion in stock buybacks and $2.5 billion in dividends, for a total of $5.3 billion on rewarding shareholders.
- Meanwhile, Chevron spent $4 million lobbying Congress thus far this year to help ensure they can continue to reap massive profits from consumers.
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.
As you see Republicans object to the historic legislation moving through the Senate, remember that in the 2022 electoral cycle alone, the oil and gas industry gave more than $13.2 million to federal Republican candidates, which represents 77% of their giving. Now that bill is coming due.
The industry is counting on Nevada Senate candidate Adam Laxalt to be their mouthpiece. Laxalt notoriously gave Big Oil the green light to keep polluting when he opposed a multi-state investigation into ExxonMobil’s role in the climate crisis and it appears he intends to continue this anti-climate stance even as Nevadans pay the price of the intensifying climate crisis.
Laxalt, like many of his fellow Republicans, has not offered any meaningful solutions to stop the price-gouging or lower costs for Nevada families. This could be a major misstep as key elections in Arizona ramp up – recent polling shows strong support for clean energy, and a majority of voters blaming high energy prices on price gouging by fossil fuel companies.
This could be a major misstep as key elections in Nevada gear up – recent polling shows strong support for clean energy and a majority of voters blaming 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.