The Center for American Progress (CAP) posted an article today that takes a good look at the top five oil and gas companies’ financial shape. Here are a few highlights from what they discovered:

  • BP and Shell, the two largest foreign oil companies that operate in the United States, had combined cash reserves of nearly $32 billion at the end of last year (the latest data available). Added together, these five companies are sitting on cash resources of $59 billion, which is 30 times more than the estimated $2 billion in annual tax breaks that these companies receive.
  • [Big Oil] companies made more than $900 billion in profit from 2001 to 2010.
  • ExxonMobil had a lower effective tax rate than the typical middle-class family.

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