Oil execs defend huge profits before Senate
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Author:  Catherine [ Wed May 21, 2008 5:16 pm ]
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[url=]Oil execs defend huge profits before Senate
‘Laws of supply and demand are at work,’ Shell chairman explains

Top executives of the five largest oil companies tried to shift anger over high prices to a debate over supplies Wednesday, leading a senator to accuse them of acting like “hapless victims” while racking up record profits.

Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., told the executives there’s “a disconnect” between normal supply and demand and the skyrocketing price of oil — surpassing $130 a barrel even as the oil leaders testified — that the industry has yet to explain.

J. Stephen Simon, executive vice president of Exxon Mobil Corp., said profits have been huge “in absolute terms” but must be viewed in the context of the massive scale of the industry.” He also said high earnings are needed “in the current up cycle” to pay for investments in the long term when profits will be down.

“’Current up cycle,’ that’s a nice term,” replied Leahy with sarcasm, “when people can’t afford to go to work” because gasoline is costing close to $4 a gallon.

He asked Simon what his total compensation was at Exxon, a company that made $40 billion last year. Simon replied it was $12.5 million annually.

Two other executives, John Lowe, executive vice president of ConocoPhillips Co., said he didn’t recall his total compensations as did Peter Robertson, vice chairman of Chevron Corp. John Hofmeister, president of Shell Oil Co., said his was “about $2.2 million” but was not among the top five salaries at his company’s international parent. Robert Malone, chairman of BP America Inc., put his compensation at “in excess of $2 million.”

Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said Exxon’s annual profits increased from $11.5 billion to $40.6 billion in the past five years and there was no explanation for “why profits have gone up so high when the consumer is suffering so much.”

The five companies earned $36 billion in the first quarter of this year.



Author:  Purple Tang [ Wed May 21, 2008 10:55 pm ]
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How fortunate are we to be able to live in what may be the end times? Is this exciting or what?

Greed is out of control. The power elite have lost any semblence of any ethics. They are doing their best to start WWIII via a pre-emptive strike on Iran. We have the worst administration ever and it is absolutely safe because all of the bad guys are on the same team.

So.....while we are getting hosed on gas prices, the oil companies are making record profits. Well.....of course.

Guess who the largest shareholder of the biggest profit maker is?
David Rockefeller of ExxonMobil

I keep sayin.

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