By Darcie DiBasio (Contact)
To be delivered to: The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama
Multinational, record-profit making oil, gas, and coal
companies are not in business to operate in a way that is safe for the environment,their workers, or nearby residents. They increase their bottom line by ignoring safety and environmental regulations, by avoiding taxes, and by sending lobbyists to pick up their millions of dollars in corporate welfare.
They should not be allowed to do what BP did to the Gulf; they should not be able to force Pennsylvanians to live with flammable tap water. They should not be allowed to force workers into dangerous mines with multiple safety violations. They must be stopped.
We need to swing the pendulum back away from the worldview in which it is seen as a "good thing" for these corporations to get welfare from the taxpayers, and where it is seen as a good government practice to let them regulate themselves. We can do this by calling for nationalization, an action that many nations have already taken.
I'm calling on everyone to demand nationalization of these industries.
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