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Hillary Clinton Statement on Exxon Quarterly Profits Announcement

May 01, 2008

Today, Exxon reported its highest ever first-quarter profits of $10.9 billion, up 17% from a year ago. Yet even these record results fell short of Wall Street expectations, and caused Exxon's stock to fall as a result. In reaction to this news, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:

"There is something seriously wrong with our economy when Exxon's record $11 billion in quarterly profits are seen as a disappointment by Wall Street. This is truly Dick Cheney's wonderland.

"But on Main Street, middle class families are facing devastating choices every day between buying groceries and filling up their gas tanks to get to work. They are being squeezed by a vice grip of record high gas prices, record declines in housing values and an economy that is shedding jobs and tumbling into recession."

"I believe these families need immediate relief. That's why I have called for making Exxon and other oil companies with record profits pay the federal gas tax this summer. Now, Senator Obama doesn't believe in any kind of gas tax holiday. And Senator McCain doesn't want to pay for one. I believe we should impose a windfall profits tax on big oil companies and use that money to suspend the gas tax and give families relief at the pump. They typical family could get $70 in relief, and families that drive more for work could get even more. Truckers will get a $50 break every time they fill up their tanks.

"At the same time, we need to set a new course for our long term energy strategy, and move away from oil and towards new sources of clean energy. That's why I have proposed a $50 billion Strategic Energy Fund that will invest that money in clean energy sources like wind and solar."

Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton Statement on Exxon Quarterly Profits Announcement Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/293758

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