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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Trump Interior appointee caught buying stock in company that contracts with the agency
• Feb 06, 2018
Mark Hand, ThinkProgress
Doug Domenech, a top official at the Department of the Interior, worked as a political appointee at the agency during the George W. Bush administration when it was rife with corruption. The official is now coming under scrutiny for his own questionable actions as a Trump administration appointee.
Fracking Lobbyists Plan to Spend Big at Trump Hotel
• Jan 17, 2018
Nick Surgey and Lee Fang, The Intercept
Fracking firms have had much to celebrate over the last year, as the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress have moved swiftly to approve pipeline projects, roll back environmental regulations, and expand drilling access on public lands.
Trump coal backer wins big under Perry's power plan
• Nov 06, 2017
Darius Dixon and Eric Wolff, Politico
A proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to alter the nation's electricity markets would provide a windfall for a small group of companies — most strikingly one owned by coal magnate Bob Murray, a prominent backer of President Donald Trump.
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.