Senators cosponsoring the pro-Keystone XL bill introduced today have received roughly 5 times more in oil industry cash than those who remained off the bill.
This past Spring the Obama Administration took an important (and little reported) step towards more aggressively addressing climate change. They increased the social cost of carbon.
The 40 Senators voting against Gina McCarthy’s nomination for EPA Administrator would have voted against anyone who would even consider measures that could affect the fossil fuel industry…thanks to $25 million in dirt energy money.
Those Representatives voting in favor of the inclusion of the Keystone XL pipeline in a transportation bill currently being negotiated by both chambers have taken over 11 times more money from Big Oil during this Congress – almost $6 million – than those opposed.
The U.S. Senate has rejected the most recent attempt to go forward with the Keystone XL pipeline, but the 56 senators who voted for the Keystone XL amendment have received 500% more money from oil interests in the current Congress than those who voted no.