by Brad Johnson
Freshman Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), notorious for his close ties to the Koch brothers, doesn’t believe that oil companies get subsidies. Walking in an Independence Day parade in Plymouth, MA, the senator declared his allegiance to the oil industry, which receives $7 billion in subsidies a year:
BROWN: Oil companies don’t get subsidies. . . . I’m positive. They’re able to take deduction like every other business. If we’re going to reform the tax code, we should do that.
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Brown’s denial of oil subsidies is nothing new; he has similarly questioned the facts of climate change. Brown was forced to contribute to charity after the American Petroleum Institute ran radio and print ads supporting his position on tax breaks for big oil companies. Brown stands in opposition to the growing global movement to end fossil fuel subsidies.