The Western Energy Alliance has once again proved that they’ll go to any length to increase the profit margins of the billion-dollar oil & gas industry. Now they’re lobbying for $44 billion dollars in taxpayer-funded handouts over the next 10 years, despite the fact that the oil and gas companies are some of the most profitable in the U.S.

ExxonMobil and Chevron topped the Fortune’s rankings of the world’s most profitable companies in 2012. In fact, four of the top ten companies on the Fortune 500 list were oil and gas companies. And the big five oil companies, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Shell, made a combined profit of $118 billion dollars last year and $137 billion in 2011. 

The oil and gas industry has more than proven that they don’t need these excessive, wasteful subsidies – they’re making billion dollar profits while American taxpayers are paying more at the pump.  

Unfortunately, this is just the latest example of Western Energy Alliance putting profit margins of a billion dollar industry ahead of what’s best for Westerners.