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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How G.O.P. Leaders Came to View Climate Change as Fake Science
• Jun 03, 2017
Coral Davenport and Eric Lipton, The New York Times
WASHINGTON — The campaign ad appeared during the presidential contest of 2008. Rapid-fire images of belching smokestacks and melting ice sheets were followed by a soothing narrator who praised a candidate who had stood up to President George W. Bush and “sounded the alarm on global warming.”
The Senators who urged Trump to pull out of Paris deal are big oil darlings
• Jun 01, 2017
Tom McCarthy and Lauren Gambino, The Guardian
A withdrawal by Donald Trump from the Paris climate accord would go down as a hallmark of his presidency. It would be unilateral, reckless and splashy – trademark Trump. The president has said he will announce his decision at 3pm ET (8pm BST) on Thursday.
Kochs Dump Trump to Fund Climate-Denying Senators in Ohio and Nevada
• Jul 08, 2016
Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr
Lorraine Chow, Eco Watch
Billionaire oil barons Charles and David Koch are reaching into their deep pockets to fund Republican candidates in the tight Senate races in Ohio and Nevada, two states that have seen powerful political and corporate interests block progress in renewable energy.
According to NBC News, the Koch Super PAC Freedom Partners Action Fund has announced it will buy $2.7 million television and digital ads to help Ohio Republican incumbent Sen. Rob Portman defeat Democrat Ted Strickland in the key swing state. The candidates are currently locked in a dead heat with each polling at 42 percent.
This news comes after the Super PAC’s announcement last week that it is spending $1.2 million on advertising to boost Nevada Republican Rep. Joe Heck’s race against Democrat and former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto to replace Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. That race is also pretty much tied.
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.