An Open Letter to Members of Congress

By Richard E Walrath

It doesn’t matter if you’re in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, or if you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent, the people of the U.S. need your help now.

The latest Associated Press count is 339 dead [1] from the “worst twisters since 1925”[2] that hit seven southern states. Alabama suffered the deadliest tornado with 248 dead, followed by Mississippi – 34, Tennessee – 34, Georgia – 15, Virginia – 5, Louisiana – 2, and Kentucky – 1. NOAA estimated there were a total of 211 tornadoes on April 27 through April 28, 2011.

Each and every year U.S. oil and gas companies receive $4 billion dollars in subsidies from the American taxpayer.

In an act of decency, as Americans, please join together to end the $4 billion subsidy for oil and gas companies and use this money to help the people in the states suffering from the worst series of tornadoes in 86 years.

The folks in these seven states have had their homes, their families and their lives torn apart. In addition to the dead, there are thousands that were injured. Oil companies will never miss the $4 billion and with gasoline prices well over $4/gallon they’ll soon recoup the $4 billion dollar loss.

Whether the funds are used to help those hurt most by the violent weather conditions of this past week or help other Americans in need, eliminating the subsidies to oil and gas companies is the right thing to do.

[1] http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SEVERE_WEATHER?SITE=INKEN&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

[2] On March 18, 1925, 747 people were killed in a series of tornadoes, including 695 killed in the “Tri-state tornado. http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/faq/faq_tor.php

© 2011 Richard E Walrath and Patricia L Johnson

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