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.
photo credit: thanks to futureatlas.com via flickr