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Obama finally takes on Big Oil

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I was pleased to learn that President Obama's new deficit plan includes ending $41 billion in subsidies to Big Oil ("Federal workers groups, contractors opposed Obama debt plan," Sept. 19). This is good news for America and good news for Maryland because Big Oil has been profiting from pollution for too long.

Producing, refining and burning oil is a dirty business. It spoils our waterways with disastrous spills and poisons the air that Maryland families breathe. This summer, Exxon was responsible for spilling 42,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River, a source of beauty and inspiration for the entire country. Last summer, BP's rig explosion caused the worst oil spill in our nation's history. It's about time we stop wasting taxpayer money on these reckless corporations and start taking steps toward getting off oil.

Along with President Obama's proposed new clean car standards, cutting these subsidies to Big Oil would help us end our dependence on petroleum, cut pollution and stop subsidizing companies that destroy the air we breathe and the places we love.

Ewa Krason, Baltimore

The writer is a field organizer for Environment Maryland.

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