I have to take exception to people equating tax breaks with actual tax money. Sure in the end they end up the same usually but its not like those companies were actually handed money taken from tax payers. The other thing that kinda irks me is people bitching about tax breaks for oil companies exploratory operations. They are getting a break on what they spend to search for more oil so that they don't bite it in the ass if they find anything it incentivizes them to actually look for oil in whatever territory gives them a tax break. You say so what, why should they who seem to earn so much not have to pay taxes? I would remind you that when they do find oil, even if they don't start pumping it out of the ground the very next day it is a proven technology that will with existing technology produce products we all use everyday. Now why do I even bother to mention this? Because for as much as those companies receive these tax breaks, you have solar, wind, alternative fuels, alcohol and other weirder experimental technologies all receiving not only tax breaks, but actual tax dollars from our government to experiment with only a miniscule chance of ever producing a single KWH or erg of energy to show for it. Solar = extremely expensive and inefficient, limited to daytime production of any noticeable amount of energy. Wind = killing wildlife, extremely expensive and constant maintenance headache to operate, also inefficient and reliant on the wind to blow, as long as it doesn't blow to hard. Alcohol = already proven to not live up to the hype Al Gore claimed and several studies show it takes more energy to produce than is gotten from it, destroys older automotive fleets fuel systems, does not reduce pollution as was touted for adopting its use. Some weird mystery fuel producing a oil substitute for the Navy that costs 159 dollars per gallon that the liberal executive branch is forcing them to buy from a company who heavily donated to the same group forcing the navy to buy their fuel. Coal = in 1978 we pumped a ton of crap into the air from coal plants in the last 30 years the industry has been force to reduce emissions of sulphur to stop acid rain, along with mercury and anything going up the chimney, they have at great expense installed scrubbers on those stacks and reduced emissions to basically what a human would exhale everyday, carbon dioxide. This is our largest source of mass energy production in our country and has been since forever, some companies forewent the heavy duty scrubbers and switched to natural gas as its cost became extremely cheap from fracking on private lands. Natural will be the next target you watch. Needless to say power companies have spent mass fortunes cleaning up and lowering their pollution at great cost only now to be told co2 which still hasn't been proven to be causing earths warming is not a pollutant and they have to stop making it or store it or shut down. As 0bama said before elected electricity prices with necessarily sky rocket under his plan, which was cap and trade, he couldn't get it passed in congress so he took executive action and had his EPA declare it a pollutant and now under EPA regulations. Just his decision to do so, your representatives had no say in it, therefore you had no say in it. he even put his own constituents out of business to do that last bit, ask the coal miners unions if they would still vote for 0bama and the Democrats, I bet the unions leaders might but doubt the rank and file would. Natural gas = sure its the pretty girl at the party now but its a result of something left and 0bama have already targeted, fracking, they have done everything they can to stop any national production of energy from drilling and then claim any progress made on [private] lands as a sign of their success [what a joke], dont get comfortable with natural gas they will shut that down too as soon as they can find a way to take ownership of private land rights to do so.
Well i wont go on any further you can see my point I'm sure, last thought is why are we giving actual billions of dollars to research unproven and unmarketable ideas and forcing people into extremely expensive options where after all the money is spent even if they do discover a new algae that when dying produces a fraction of a picoliter of some oil substitute when we can not tax the money a oil company actually spends to find a proven energy source? There are plenty of examples of failures on the lefts agenda Solydra, couple other solar companies, some battery companies, cost estimates of windmills (noise generators). lots of select cronyism to companies owned by big democratic donors.
Oh well got that off my chest.