New Oxfam Video: See Exactly Where Your Gas Dollars Are Going

Want to know where the $50 you just dropped into your car’s gas tank is going? One would think, logically, that at least a decent amount of it is going to the people who inhabit the land where the oil was mined and drilled. Sadly, folks, that’s just not the case. 

Our friends over at Oxfam America have whipped up a short, little video to show you exactly where your gas dollars are going. Or, more importantly, where those dollars are NOT going.


Oil is a multi-billion dollar industry. Yet, inexcusably, more than half of the world’s poorest people live in countries rich in natural resources. It just doesn’t make sense. I don’t get it, you don’t get it and, thankfully, neither do some members of Congress. That’s precisely why the Energy Security Through Transparency Act was created. (That name just rolls off your tongue, now doesn’t it?) This bipartisan bill would require oil, gas and mining companies to make any and all payments they hand over to governments, available to the public. In other words, they’d be forced to unveil their shady doings for the world to see. And believe it or not, some industry lobbyists are fighting the bill tooth and nail. Shocking, I know!

Watch the “Follow the Money” video. Share it with your friends and family. And encourage everyone to help ease the suffering of some of the poorest individuals, living on the wealthiest of lands, by signing the Oxfam petition. Tell Congress you want oil, gas and mining companies to open up their books for all to see.

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Nellie K A.
Nellie K. Adaba5 years ago

I don't drive, but my mom who does has to worry about it.

Dusty D.
Past Member 5 years ago

I know this is off the subject, but if you will just take a moment to look at my Petition-I would appreciate it kindly. Thanks!

Linda J.
Linda J.5 years ago

I was blind but now I see clearly...thanks

Brenda P.
Brenda P.5 years ago

Great blog..Thanks for inlighting me.

Judith S.
Judith S.5 years ago


Mervi R.
Mervi R.5 years ago

OK, interesting, thanks for posting...

Mervi R.
Mervi R.5 years ago

OK, interesting, thanks!

john s.
john s.5 years ago

i am a native american whose land has been taken . all that stuff you see above that pipeline has been also taken from me . i live in a reservation , a.k.a. , birdcage , prison , concentration camp etc... . if it's so bad why do i stay here , you ask? in canada , whenever i go out from the rez i bump into a lot of racism out there . govn police and the public . don' t believe it? look up Donald Marshall Jr. i lie in another rez about 30 miles where he was from . take a look at resedential schools in canada . 51% of the children that went there never made it out alive . Check out Kevin Annet , former anglican church pastor on this . genocide by the govn of canada , the church and the RCMP. they have given meager compensation for this to get away with these crimes against my people . if you think this was all inthe past and it dosen't happen any more ask my cousin who went into the local town the other day where she was verbally assaulted and spat on by some locals .

Marian B.
Marian B.5 years ago

I am from the UK you are correct about the price of oil is made up by taxes, it is a lot worse for us in the UK we pay over $7 a litre for Gas. We use an additive to save money. I believe that charities should do something similar.

Ben Oscarsito
Ben Oscarsito5 years ago