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Americans See Through Corporate Greed

This piece was originally published in the April 11, 2022 edition of CAP Action’s newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

“Big Oil companies are raising prices at the pump, despite their profits going through the roof. They’re jacking up costs under the guise of inflation — but in reality, they’re just trying to make a quick buck by #RippingOffAmericans.” – Rep. David Trone (D-MD)

Many factors are contributing to the higher prices Americans are paying at the gas pump, including inflation, Russia’s illegal war on Ukraine, and more. But there’s one factor Big Oil CEOs don’t want Americans talking about: corporate greed. Working families are paying more for a gallon of gas while oil companies are pulling in record profits. Fortunately, according to recent polling, Americans aren’t letting them off the hook.

The numbers are clear: People see through Big Oil’s rhetoric and blame greedy oil executives for the high prices they’re forced to pay.

Share this graphic to make Big Oil know Americans see through their greed: 

The image features a golden gas pump coming in from the top right corner of the frame, atop a black oil spill. Text on screen reads: Most Americans see right through Big Oil's efforts to price gouge us at the pump. 2 in 3 Americans blame greedy oil executives for rising gas prices. A footer reads: Big Oil keeps charging sky-high prices despite record profits. Isn't it time we switch to clean energy?

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This piece was originally published in the April 11, 2022 edition of CAP Action’s newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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