Money's Chilling Effect on Climate Change

• Sep 16, 2014

Brennan Center For Justice By:Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

The problem of climate change is also a money in politics problem because keeping the status quo of inaction is being brought to us by incumbents who get big campaign finance support from extractive industries—regardless of party.

And this is where campaign finance is truly maddening since the vast majority of the American public believes climate change is a man made problem. And yet the Congress has taken vote after a vote to not be proactive on environmental protections. This may be because less than half of one percent of Americans give campaign cash to federal candidates and this tiny percentage has our elected officials ears instead of the majority.

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