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The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming addressed our nation's energy, economic and national security challenges during the 110th and 111th Congresses.

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Drilling for Answers: Oil Company Profits, Runaway Prices and the Pursuit of Alternatives

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Select Committee Hearing Brings Top-Level Oil Execs to Capitol Hill

On Tuesday, April 1, 2008, Chairman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) brought in top-level executives from the five largest oil companies to discuss the current state of oil and gas prices, oil company profits, and the need for clean, renewable fuels to ease demand for oil and cut global warming pollution. The Select Committee heard from the number two officers worldwide for the three United States-based oil companies and the presidents of U.S. operations for the foreign companies.

ExxonMobil reported record profits of $40.6 billion in 2007, and the other top four oil companies like BP and Shell made billions more. These same companies are fighting to keep $18 billion in tax breaks that Congress is attempting to shift towards renewable energy incentives for wind, solar, biomass and other climate-friendly sources. The House recently passed the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008, but President Bush and the top oil companies are fighting to defeat the measure in the Senate.

WHAT: Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming hearing entitled, “Drilling for Answers: Oil Company Profits, Runaway Prices and the Pursuit of Alternatives.”

WHEN: 12 PM, Tuesday, April 1, 2008

WHERE: 210 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC (Media Overflow Room located in 304 Cannon)

OPENING STATEMENT:   Edward J. Markey (watch)


    * Mr. J. Stephen Simon, Senior Vice President, Exxon Mobil Corp.
    * Mr. John Hofmeister, President, Shell Oil Company
    * Mr. Robert A. Malone, Chairman and President, BP America, Inc.
    * Mr. Peter Robertson, Vice Chairman, Chevron
    * Mr. John Lowe, Executive Vice President, ConocoPhillips

Read the full transcript HERE.



Full video archive of hearing.


Chairman Ed Markey opening statement.

Markey questions Exxon's Simon.

Rep. Jay Inslee questions panel.



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Full Select Committee opens hearing.

Members of the press ready for Oil Executives testimony.

Markey looks for answers from Exxon's Simon.

ConocoPhillips takes questions from the media.

Picture of the hearing room.

Rep's Cleaver, Herseth-Sandlin and Solis.

Exxon's Simon replies to a question from Select Committee.

Select Committee Members listens to testimony.


HR 5351 -- the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008


Price of Oil

Oil Profits 

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