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Greenpeace USA Stages Check Delivery Skit at American Petroleum Institute Headquarters to Demand Elimination of Fossil Fuel Subsidies

WASHINGTON - Greenpeace USA delivered a taxpayer-funded “150 billion dollar check” to American Petroleum Institute Headquarters to call for an end to fossil fuel subsidies and demand Congress pass the End Polluter Welfare Act.

The American Petroleum Institute is the largest oil and trade association whose members include polluting companies such as BP, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Shell. As a collective, these companies have deceived the public about the impacts burning coal, oil, and gas has on our climate and have benefitted from fossil fuel subsidies for decades yet still claim to receive “no special treatment from the federal government.” Last week, an API executive testified at a House Oversight hearing defending oil and gas industries subsidies.

The skit featured activists dressed like President Biden, Senator Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy intercepting the check delivery, demonstrating the role Congress and the White House can play in eliminating fossil fuel subsidies.

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“Congress must put a stop to shady fossil fuel subsidy deals and shift its investment to a clean, just energy system that supports communities transitioning away from oil, gas, and coal by passing the End Polluter Welfare Act as part of the American Jobs Plan,”  said Greenpeace USA Senior Climate Campaigner John Noël.

The check delivery took place days after Greenpeace activists staged a satirical game show calling for an end to fossil fuel subsidies at the US Capitol. “The Big Oil Cash Grab” featured “fossil fuel industry CEOs” as contestants as they grabbed “taxpayer-funded handouts” from inside a cash booth.

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