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View Diary: Supporters of Keystone XL in today's House vote received 6 times more oil money than opponents (12 comments)

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  •  Almost everyone takes fossil fuel money (4+ / 0-)

    Unfortunately, it's hard to find a single member of Congress who hasn't taken some form of fossil fuel money.  Some have taken very little, of course, but given the pervasiveness of the industry and the efforts they take to influence Congress, nearly all members of Congress have at least a small amount.

    That said, the difference between those members who have taken some/minimal fossil fuel money and those that have taken A LOT is pretty striking when you look at the voting records. Basically every time a vote affects Big Oil and the rest of the fossil fuel industry, those voting in favor of those interests will have received 2x, 3x, 4x, sometimes as much as 10x as much in dirty energy money than those voting in favor of the environment, people, and communities.

    It's a sad state of affairs, and points towards the need for comprehensive campaign finance reform as a way of making clean energy and climate action something we might be able to see more of in Congress.

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