White House blasts Exxon over historical $56 bln annual profit

White House blasts Exxon over historical $56 bln annual profit

WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday expressed outrage on Tuesday at Exxon Mobil Corp’s report internet profit in 2022 of $56 billion, a historical excessive not only for the corporate however for the whole Western oil trade.

Oil majors are anticipated to interrupt their very own annual information because of excessive costs and hovering demand, pushing their mixed take to close $200 billion. The scale has introduced renewed criticism of the oil trade and sparked requires extra international locations to levy windfall profit taxes on the businesses.

A White House assertion stated Exxon’s (XOM.N) profit margin was significantly galling as Americans paid report excessive costs on the pump. It criticized makes an attempt by Republicans within the House of Representatives to push insurance policies geared toward supporting the oil trade.

“The newest earnings studies clarify that oil firms have all the pieces they want, together with report earnings and hundreds of unused however authorised permits, to extend manufacturing, however they’re as a substitute selecting to plow these earnings into padding the pockets of executives and shareholders whereas House Republicans manufacture excuse after excuse to protect them from any accountability,” the White House stated.

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President Joe Biden has blasted oil firms and refiners for a lot of the final 12 months for having fun with surging earnings as gasoline costs soared. In June, he Biden wrote to executives of main oil refiners and complained they’d reduce on manufacturing to pad earnings, in response to a duplicate of a letter seen by Reuters.

Exxon’s CFO Kathryn Mikells responded to rising criticism over the trade’s windfall earnings and urged the reply isn’t elevated taxes.

“We have a look at the EU tax on the power sector, and you understand, it is simply illegal and unhealthy coverage making an attempt to tax one thing, when what you really need is for it to extend,” Mikells stated. “It has the other impact of what you are making an attempt to realize.”

Reporting By Trevor Hunnicut and Steve Holland; further reporting by Jarrett Renshaw and Sabrina Valle; Editing by Franklin Paul and David Gregorio

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