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 2016 election cycle.
Federal subsidies given to the Fossil Fuel industry in 2015-2016.
The return the Fossil Fuel industry “earned” in the 2016 election cycle on its investment in Congressional campaign donations and lobbying.
Sources: 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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Andrew Wheeler, New E.P.A. Chief, Details His Energy Lobbying Past
• Aug 01, 2018
WASHINGTON — The acting chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, has come under scrutiny for his years spent as a powerful energy lobbyist. He has represented an electric utility, a uranium producer, and, most significantly, a coal magnate who paid Mr. Wheeler’s former lobbying firm more than $2.7 million over eight years.
Lawmakers, Lobbyists and the Administration Join Forces to Overhaul the Endangered Species Act
• Jul 22, 2018
WASHINGTON — The Endangered Species Act, which for 45 years has safeguarded fragile wildlife while blocking ranching, logging and oil drilling on protected habitats, is coming under attack from lawmakers, the White House and industry on a scale not seen in decades, driven partly by fears that the Republicans will lose ground in November’s midterm elections.
EPA eases rules on how coal ash waste is stored across U.S.
• Jul 17, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule Tuesday to overhaul requirements for handling the toxic waste produced by burning coal, providing more flexibility to state and industry officials who had sought a rollback of restrictions put in place in 2015.
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.