a new column regarding humanrobots of this world and their incomprehension and total disregard of basic human societal morals and ethics.

America has fought wars for it, and continues to fight them. America has had it spilt in our oceans, most notably the Gulf. America has it coursing through it’s veins and highways from the East to the West. America’s leader changes his stance on domestic exploration for it daily. America kills for it. America pays for it everyday, with lives and billions in cash.

It being that lovely black gold that we can’t seem to shake from our lives—that we might not ever shake from our lives while other countries explore renewable sources of energy. America, the archaic country we are becoming, too stubborn to let go of the old and find the new and better.

The above graphic shows the last 10 years of nominal profits for the top 5 oil companies (all in billions of dollars mind you), which American taxpayers fork over about $4billion to each year in unnecessary subsidies. Why does the most profitable Fortune500 company in the world for the 8th year in a row (Exxon Mobil) need to be subsidized by a fleeting American economy while we struggle to keep our heads above the ocean of black gold we are becoming consumed by? Because it would be giving the companies ammo to hire non-American workers, taking jobs away from desperate people of the United States. As Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) said on the Senate floor last week during the shooting down of a bill to end these subsidies, “Our oil and gas industry is an industry that creates jobs. We ought to be giving every possible fair break to companies that hire in America.”

That’s right, the corporations of this country have the American public and government by the balls. We must give them what they want, or our economy could suffer even further for it. Oh the country of corporations we have become. And at the foot of this grotesque bed lie the lobbyists and Senators who receive those important campaign donations from the oil companies (errr oil citizens I should say). Oil and gas companies spent $39.5 million lobbying congress in just the first quarter of this year, and have donated nearly $18 million directly to the political campaigns of Senators who voted against ending these subsidies—five times more than to Senators who supported ending them.

It’s all part of the machine that runs solely on the black gold. For if we ended these subsidies and saved nearly $21billion from the budget, the machine would perish. And death scares people, especially people with power and money, because they inevitably have something to lose. And they will do all in their ability to make sure their way is preserved—even at the expense of morals, ethics, lives of other humans, and the well being of a country. For humanrobots cannot decipher what these things mean.

Here are the 48 Senators who voted against ending Big Oil subsidies: Alexander (R-TN), Ayotte (R-NH), Barrasso (R-WY), Begich (D-AK), Blunt (R-MO), Boozman (R-AR), Brown (R-MA), Burr (R-NC), Chambliss (R-GA), Coats (R-IN), Coburn (R-OK), Cochran (R-MS), Corker (R-TN), Cornyn (R-TX), Crapo (R-ID), DeMint (R-SC), Enzi (R-WY), Graham (R-SC), Grassley (R-IA), Hatch (R-UT), Heller (R-NV), Hoeven (R-ND), Hutchison (R-TX), Inhofe (R-OK), Isakson (R-GA), Johanns (R-NE), Johnson (R-WI), Kirk (R-IL), Kyl (R-AZ), Landrieu (D-LA), Lee (R-UT), Lugar (R-IN), McCain (R-AZ), McConnell (R-KY), Moran (R-KS), Murkowski (R-AK), Nelson (D-NE), Paul (R-KY), Portman (R-OH), Risch (R-ID), Roberts (R-KS), Rubio (R-FL), Sessions (R-AL), Shelby (R-AL), Thune (R-SD), Toomey (R-PA), Vitter (R-LA), Wicker (R-MS)

There will be another vote on ending these subsidies later this year. America’s future existence depends on ending these and moving off the black gold to more renewable resources. The 52 “leaders” of this country who sit in the pockets of Big Oil need to ask themselves what is more important: America or it’s old ways? Don’t they know that all that money that Big Oil lines their pockets with will not buy them their salvation when their time comes?

Sign the petition to end the Big Oil subsidies here.