Connect the Dots
On Climate Change
The oil and gas industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars on political contributions and lobbying to defeat climate change legislation and defend the status quo. So their agenda carries the day. Even though...
...of scientists agree that climate change is a real threat and that fossil fuel pollution is a root cause.
...Americans want Congress to take action on climate change and protect our environment for future generations.
Sources: Open Secrets, Union of Concerned Scientists, Sierra Club, and Oil Change International.
Let’s look at return on investment…
Amount spent by the Fossil Fuel industry on Congressional campaign donations and lobbying during the 2010 election cycle.
Federal subsidies given to the Fossil Fuel industry in 2009-2010.
The return the Fossil Fuel industry “earned” in the 2010 election cycle on its investment in Congressional campaign donations and lobbying.
Sources: Polluting Our Democracy – Sierra Club, Oil Change International
On the Clean Power Plan
The number of Americans who favor the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) putting limits on the amount of carbon pollution that power plants can release.
The reduction in power sector carbon emissions by 2030 that would be achieved under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
The annual number of childhood asthma attacks that will be prevented with implementation of the Clean Power Plan.
The amount of campaign money donated by the Fossil Fuel industry to the 49 senators who voted to repeal the Clean Power Plan.
Sources: Polluting Our Democracy – Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund
Dick Cheney and the Republican Congress team up to create the “Halliburton Loophole,” exempting fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Between 2004 and 2012, the increase in campaign donations by fracking companies to Congressional candidates in states and districts where fracking occurs.
Number of studies published in just one year (2015-2016) by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health linking proximity to fracking sites with nasal and sinus problems, migraines and fatigue, asthma, premature births and high-risk pregnancies.
“Halliburton Loophole” still in place as fracking companies and trade groups continue to pour millions of dollars into Congressional campaigns.
Sources: EcoWatch, AlterNet
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Scott Pruitt Has Become Ridiculous
• Apr 18, 2018
Editorial Board, The New York Times
Despite stiff competition, Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is by common consensus the worst of the ideologues and mediocrities President Trump chose to populate his cabinet. Policies aside — and they’re terrible, from an environmental perspective — Mr. Pruitt’s self-aggrandizing and borderline thuggish behavior has disgraced his office and demoralized his employees. We opposed his nomination because he had spent his career as attorney general of Oklahoma suing the federal department he was being asked to lead on behalf of industries he was being asked to regulate. As it turns out, Mr. Pruitt is not just an industry lap dog but also an arrogant and vengeful bully and small-time grifter, bent on chiseling the taxpayer to suit his lifestyle and warm his ego.
The E.P.A. Says It Wants Research Transparency. Scientists See an Attack on Science.
• Mar 26, 2018
Lisa Freidman, The New York Times
The Environmental Protection Agency is considering a major change to the way it assesses scientific work, a move that would severely restrict the research available to it when writing environmental regulations.
Is the USDA the Latest Site of Corporate Takeover in the Trump Administration?
• Mar 13, 2018
Jasper Craven, The Nation
Big Ag’s increasing influence has some farmers wondering whether it’s time to abandon the organic label altogether.
Voices from around the country.
I’m 24 years old, recently out of college, and finally entering the work force. As an active voter, it disappoints me as an American that millionaires and billionaires are able to make my one vote seem more and more insignificant with each passing election. The size of their wallets and ability to open up massive pipelines of cash into the political process will never stop me from supporting those who have my best interest at heart. HR 20 stands up for me and millions of Americans who might not be able to write those hefty checks but find the value of casting their ballot on Election Day to be just as significant.