Oil Change International

Exposing the true costs of fossil fuels

Statement on Hoeven pro-Keystone XL amendment

For Immediate Release: March 22, 2013

Contact: Molly Haigh, 907-750-1999, molly@fitzgibbonmedia.com


Senators Supporting KXL Took Nearly $31 Million From Fossil Fuel Industry Before Vote

Average KXL Supporter has Taken 3.5 Times More Money from Industry Than Non-Supporters

Washington, DC– New analysis today from Oil Change International reveals that supporters of the just-passed non-binding Keystone XL pipeline amendment received 3.5 times more in campaign contributions from fossil fuel interests than those voting “no”. In total, researchers found that supporters took an average of $499,648 from the industry before voting for the pipeline, for a staggering total of $30,978,153.

“Today’s vote presents yet another reason why Congress is less popular than root canals,” said David Turnbull, Campaigns Director for Oil Change International. “Every single effort from Congress to influence the Keystone XL pipeline decision has been backed by millions in dirty energy money, and today’s was no different. The vote today was nothing more than a 31 million dollar sideshow whose sole purpose was to kiss the rings of the Senate’s Big Oil benefactors.”

The amendment pre-judges but does not replace the ongoing process being undertaken by President Obama’s State Department to review the project which remains in place.

Ahead of the Senate’s vote, Oil Change International released analysis showing that the ten original co-sponsors of the Hoeven amendment received an average of $807,517 from the fossil fuel industry, 254% more than the average non-sponsoring Senator, for a total of $8 million dollars from the industry based on data from DirtyEnergyMoney.org.

According to the new analysis, those voting for the amendment received $499,648 from fossil fuel interests, on average, and nearly $31 million in total over their careers. Meanwhile, those voting against the amendment received $143,372 on average.

In other words, those voting for the pipeline received roughly 3.5 times more in fossil fuel industry contributions than their counterparts in the Senate.

“It’s high time for President Obama to publicly reject industry corruption of our politics and the toxic Keystone XL Pipeline,” concluded Turnbull.

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Comments (4)

  1. Kris Vanslambrouck says:

    it’s a sad day for democracy, for the people and for the earth :(

  2. Alice Stacionis says:

    I guess it is the big money that makes all the rules… and we see those representatives that do not even try to represent the people… the laws of karma apply…

  3. Alice Stacionis says:

    perhaps it is time to do what Iceland did… fire all their government, jail the bankers, forgive all mortgage loans and now their economy is doing great.

  4. Lisa Scerbo says:

    I’d like to know how my senators voted.

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