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October 17, 2000

Senators say U.S tax breaks favor oil vs renewables

A U.S. General Accounting Office report released on Thursday shows a historically large disparity between tax incentives for the oil industry and tax breaks for renewable alcohol fuels, like ethanol.

The GAO report was trumpeted by three farm-state Democratic senators -- Iowa's Tom Harkin, Minnesota's Paul Wellstone and Richard Durbin of Illinois -- as evidence for the need to increase tax incentives for domestic renewable alcohol fuel development.

"What have all these tax breaks gotten us? We are now more reliant on foreign oil than ever before," Harkin said.

He said the U.S. currently imports 56 percent of the oil it consumes, compared to 36 percent during the 1970s oil crisis.

The GAO found that over the past 32 years the oil industry received $82 billion in percentage depletion deductions, $42.9 billion through expensing of exploration and development costs and $8.4 billion in tax credits for production of nonconventional fuels.

By comparison, renewable alcohol fuels have received $11.2 billion through a partial exemption from the fuel excise tax and $200 million in income tax credits.


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