In his Jan. 2 letter defending taxpayer subsidization of wind power, Sen. Bernie Sanders repeats his inaccurate claim that Exxon Mobil, one of the largest taxpayers in the United States, paid no federal income taxes in 2009.
That is not true, as we and others, including the PolitiFact truth-checking website, have told Sen. Sanders repeatedly.
He also incorrectly repeats the claim that billions in subsidies are going to the fossil fuel industry, when he's really talking about tax provisions available to all industries to support job creation and economic activity.
The fact is that Exxon Mobil is one of the largest taxpayers in the country. Over the past five years, our total U.S. tax expense was $57 billion, about $18 billion more than the company earned in the country during the same period.
Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/01/exxon_mobil_upbraids_vermonts_socialist_senator_for_his_tall_tales.html#ixzz2HGzqH9xG
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