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Infographic: Offshore Drilling and Oil Subsidies Don't Impact Gas Prices

High gas prices are being used to make the case to preserve Big Oil tax breaks and expand offshore drilling. Here's why neither makes a difference.

Last night, the Senate rejected a bill that would've cut about half of the $4 billion-a-year in tax breaks and subsidies to the five largest oil companies. Today, Republicans are advancing a bill to rapidly expand and speed up offshore drilling. In both instances, the relatively high current prices of gasoline are being used to make the case for making life easier on big oil companies.

We've been spending a lot of time explaining why neither offshore drilling nor oil industry tax breaks have much of any impact on gas prices. Our friends at 350.org just released a great and incredibly comprehensive infographic that ties it all up nicely with a bow. Click on the image below to see the larger version.

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It's Official: Oil Subsidies Don't Keep Gas Prices Down

Oil CEOs are in Washington, D.C. today, defending the $4 billion they get in government subsidies. Thing is, that cash doesn't make gas any cheaper.

Today in the Senate, Majority leader Harry Reid is kicking off an assault on the roughly $4 billion per year of subsidies granted to the oil industry. Rather then redirect that money to programs that will actually cut our oil demand, immediately save American families money, and more efficiently ease gas prices (as we suggested), Reid is putting that $4 billion back in our national coffers, and daring Republicans to vote against reducing the deficit.

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Harry Reid Wants to Criminalize Prostitution? Expect More Rape and Disease in Nevada

Senator Harry Reid wants to criminalize prostitution in Nevada. That's a very bad idea.


Democratic Senator Harry Reid believes the time has come to end legalized prostitution in his state of Nevada, the only state left in the union in which the world’s oldest profession is still legal (in 10 of the 17 counties). Reid, who is a Mormon, said before the Nevada State Legislaturein late February: “If we want to attract businesses to Nevada that put people back to work, the time has come for us to outlaw prostitution.” Adding: “[P]arents don’t want their children to look out of a school bus and see a brothel, or live in a state with the wrong kind of red lights.”

Thankfully, the vast majority of Nevada lawmakers—both Democrat and Republican—ignored Reid’s call to arms, deeming it a cheap attempt to “legislate morality.” What they apparently know, and what Reid apparently does not, is that legal prostitution is far superior to the alternative in nearly every way. It’s safer, healthier, more just, and smarter. And there’s actually a lot of research proving that.

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Which States Will Opt Out of a Public Option?

Harry Reid announced yesterday that the current health care bill will include an "opt-out public option." In other words, there will be a...

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