Thursday 25th of April 2024

oh to be alone on barrow island .....

oh to be alone on barrow island .....

With annual financial reports being released this time of year, the oil and gas industry is looking to continue its decade long trend of being one of the most profitable in the United States. As of February 27, 2012, the top six oil and gas companies have released their 2011 fourth quarter results-and with no surprise, profits continue to boom. The top six oil and gas companies raked in nearly $150 billion in profits last year-an increase of 69% from 2010. Despite another jaw dropping year, Big Oil continues to enjoy billions of dollars in taxpayer-backed subsidies.

Below is a brief description of the 2011 4th quarter/annual results for these companies. Table 1 lays out this information as well.

- Exxon Mobil hauled in more than $9.4 Billion in the fourth quarter, driving their annual profits to $41 billion-an increase of 35% from 2010. This takes Exxon's 5-year profits to over $176 billion.

- Shell made over $6.5 billion in the fourth quarter, pushing their annual profits to almost $29 billion-an increase of 54% from 2010.

- Chevron raked in more than $5.1 billion in the fourth quarter, taking their 2011 annual profits to nearly $27 billion-an increase of 41% from 2010.

- BP made over $7.6 billion in the fourth quarter, taking their 2011 annual profits to nearly $24 billion. Due to the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, BP suffered a net annual loss of $4 billion in 2010.

- Total S.A. pulled in over $3.7 billion in the fourth quarter, taking their 2011 annual profits to nearly $16 billion-an increase of 17% from 2010.

- ConocoPhillips made nearly $3.4 billion in the fourth quarter, taking their 2011 annual profits to over $12 billion-an increase of 9% from 2010.

In the last decade, the top six oil and gas companies have now hauled in more than $1 trillion in profits. With oil prices eclipsing $100/barrel on multiple occasions, Big Oil raked in added billions in profits in 2011. Lest we forget what occurred in 2008 when oil prices spiked: Exxon posted the largest annual corporate profit in U.S. history ($45.2B), Chevron became the second most profitable company in the U.S., and the six companies above pulled in nearly $130 billion. With oil prices expected to hover above $100/barrel in 2012, continued record breaking profits by Big Oil can be expected. 

While Big Oil continues to shatter financial records, generous taxpayer-backed subsidies are still being handed out to this profitable industry. Taxpayers for Common Sense has outlined more than a dozen of these subsidies in our GreenScissors 2011 report. Moreover, in the President's recent State of the Union Address, Obama called (once again) for the elimination of billions of dollars in oil and gas subsidies handed out each year to Big Oil, saying "We've subsidized oil companies for a century. That's long enough. " The President's FY 2013 Budget Request proposes to slash no less than eight oil and gas subsidies that would save the American taxpayer more than $38.6 billion over the next ten years.

Even the Big Oil itself has called foul. Former CEO of Shell Oil reiterated the President's views telling National Journal, "In the face of sustained high oil prices it was not an issue-for large companies-of needing the subsidies to entice us into looking for and producing more oil."

With yearly deficits and a now $15 trillion in debt, Congress must act now to eliminate expensive and unnecessary subsidies to Big Oil and protect the American taxpayer.

Big Oil Tops $150 Billion In Profits In 2011

Of course, in awstrayla, Chevron has a half bastard child called Caltex, which just happens to "own" 30% of all fuel pump sales down-under & also sleeps with Woolworths, which is always busy propagating its phony fuel discount system, when it's not busy screwing the populace with its poker machines or grocery oligopoly.

Recently, poor Caltex announced an $800 million loss for last year & amidst floods of tears & much gnashing of teeth, speculated that it might be forced to close its local refineries, with a loss of hundreds of jobs, if things didn't pick up. Of course, the whizz-kid accountants at Caltex forgot to mention that the "loss" that they trumpeted was as a result of massive asset write-downs & that when it actually came to their trading activities (code for selling fuel) they'd actually done very nicely, chalking-up a whopping $400 million profit!!

So, anyone tempted to feel sorry for Caltex needn't bother ... down our way they are about as popular as poison, with their monopoly over supply allowing them to price unleaded petrol at 1.519 per litre for as long as anyone can remember.

Of course, Chevron would have us believe that they are one of those "good corporate citizens", who care about the community & only want to do the right thing. How do I know that? Well, Chevron told me, that's how. Go to the Chevron Channel & see for yourself. You can hear the wonderful aussie environmentalist, Harry Butler, sing Chevron's praises for the effort they've made to protect the environment on Barrow Island.

And if that doesn't convince you, well Chevron have another 150 or so of its corporate videos, all designed to explain to you what a wonderful organisation they are. You can even read the raison detre for chevron's advertising campaign 'We Agree' , which would almost have you believing that Chevron is behind the 2nd coming.

Of course, amidst all this good news: record profits; saving the world; meeting our energy needs; protecting the environment & being an all-round "good guy" corporate citizen,  the last thing that Chevron or Caltex would want you to hear about would be the disaster in Ecuador, with a resultant US$118 billion lawsuit hanging over Chevron's head.

And then, last week, just when Chevron probably thought that things couldn't get worse, some rotten judge in Brazil banned 17 of its executives, including 3 awstraylens, from leaving the country, whilst further investigations were pursued into a major oil spill off Rio de Janeiro last November. Chevron has now been banned from undertaking any drilling in Brazil.

I wonder how long it will take for Foxtel & SBS Television to hear about the latest Chevron catastrophes & drop its faux "feel good" snake oil advertising?

Oh to be alone on Barrow Island!!!

calling harry .....

Brazilian prosecutors say they will bring criminal charges against 17 executives from the US oil company Chevron and drilling contractor Transocean after a new leak of crude.

The executives have been barred from leaving the country until the investigation concludes.

Chevron halted production in Brazil after the new oil leak was found on the seabed off Brazil earlier this week.

The seepage is near a well where there was a major oil spill last November.

A Chevron spokeswoman said the company had no comment on the latest legal moves because it had not been notified of the decision.

The oil company is already facing a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit over November's spill.

Federal prosecutors' spokesman Marcelo del Negri told AP news agency that prosecutors would file charges including "environmental crimes" in a federal court next week.

The nationalities of the executives are reported to be five from the US, five Brazilians, three Australians, two French nationals, a Canadian and a Briton.

Chevron confirmed on Thursday that there was a "small new oil seepage" and that it was working to collect the crude.

In November up to 3,000 barrels of oil spilled from the well in the Frade field, which is around 370km (240 miles) off Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil's oil regulator, ANP, said the new leak appeared to be coming from cracks in the ocean floor close to the well, rather than from the well itself.

The Frade field is the largest foreign-run oil field in Brazil, producing about 60,000 barrels of crude oil a day.

Brazil to Charge Chevron Executives Over Fresh Oil Leak

the greed machine .....

Last year, ExxonMobil, one of the world’s most profitable companies, earned $1,300 in profits per second. As consumers paid record-high springtime gas prices, Exxon posted first quarter profits of $9.45 billion.

This is down slightly from the first quarter of 2011, when Exxon posted $10.65 billion in profits. Exxon benefited from the high price of oil, but analysts expected slightly lower profits due in part to the cheap price of natural gas, which the company is heavily invested in.

A by-the-numbers look shows how Exxon’s executives and Big Oil’s allies are rewarded generously for the company’s billions, while Americans are stuck with rising gas bills:

      ·                  $9.45 billion profits, or almost $104 million per day in the first three months of the year.

·                  13 percent: The tax rate Exxon paid last year, lower than the average American family.

·                  60 percent of its first quarter earnings, or $5.7 billion, on buying back stock. Became world’s largest dividend payer by increasing dividends 21 percent.

·                  $1,091,000: Political contributions sent to federal politicians for the 2012 election cycle, making it the largest oil and gas spender.

·                  91% of these contributions went to Republicans.

·                  More than $52,000,000: Lobbying for the first three years of the Obama presidency, 50 percent more than in the Bush Administration.

·                  $34.9 million: Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson’s salary for 2011, a 20 percent raise.

·                  $52,300: Political contributions from Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson in the 2012 cycle, alone.

·                  No. 2: Fortune 500 list of richest companies and for highest-paid CEO.

Exxon not only used 60 percent of its Q1 profits to buy back its stocks, enriching executives and largest shareholders, but it funnels money through political groups like American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and American Petroleum Institute, to influence legislation in its favor.

Exxon Takes US$104Million Profits Per Day

but we frogs are still being boiled .....

Oil prices continue to fall – now dropping to just over US$85 a barrel – the lowest price of the year so far. The price drop might have to do with oil speculators selling off their futures contracts – since as much as US$14 of every tank of gas in America is a result of banksters speculating on Wall Street.

Those suffering the most from falling oil prices are Republican operatives who've been trying to pin rising gas prices on President Obama, despite the fact that he's increased domestic drilling and reduced dependence on foreign oil each year he's been in office.

US inventories are now at a 21-year high, and demand at a 7-year low. Now that gas prices are falling – let's see if Republicans are as quick to give the President credit as they were to fault him when they were rising.

Oil Prices Are the Lowest They Have Been This Year So Far