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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Hoyer: House priorities for 2020 include health care, infrastructure, climate, redistricting
• Jan 13, 2020
House Democrats in 2020 plan to pass legislation on top party priorities like health care, infrastructure and climate as well as more under-the-radar subjects like modernizing Congress and redistricting — all while trying to fully fund the government on time for the first time in 24 years, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said.
Science Panel Staffed With Trump Appointees Says E.P.A. Rollbacks Lack Scientific Rigor
• Dec 31, 2019
A top panel of government-appointed scientists, many of them hand-selected by the Trump administration, said on Tuesday that three of President Trump’s most far-reaching and scrutinized proposals to weaken major environmental regulations are at odds with established science.
Government Loophole Gave Oil Companies $18 Billion Windfall
• Oct 24, 2019
The United States government has lost billions of dollars of oil and gas revenue to fossil-fuel companies because of a loophole in a decades-old law, a federal watchdog agency said Thursday, offering the first detailed accounting of the consequences of a misstep by lawmakers that is expected to continue costing taxpayers for decades to come.
Voices from around the country.
I believe that getting big money out of our politics will positively affect the health of Americans. By getting rid of the chemical industry’s influence we will be able to remove the harmful chemicals and ingredients that are currently allowed in our personal care products and food supply (often unknown to the consumer). As a parent this issue is important to me because of the links between these harmful ingredients and behavioral health issues, chronic health conditions, and cancers.