Big Oil spends half a billion dollars to fight climate change bills

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    Big oil companies and other special interests have spent millions of dollars in lobbying and campaign contributions to defeat clean energy and global warming legislation, according to a new analysis released Monday by the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

    The study “Dirty Money” found that the top 35 spending companies and trade associations invested more than $500 million in lobbying and campaign contributions from January 2009 to June 2010 to defeat clean energy legislation. This political pressure spending convinced enough senators to oppose clean energy measures that would have created clean energy jobs, reduced oil use, and cut global warming pollution.

    Big OIl Spends Half a Billion Dollars to Oppose Climate Legislation
     
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    Yep. Why not?

    Manipulating data and then trying to use it to punish companies and tax people I don't blame them one bit.
     
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    If a bunch of moonbats with a political agenda, flimsily propped up by faked "science", were out to destroy my business, I'd fight back as well.

    Good on them.
     
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    Yes, they did a great job with the Gulf of Mexico.

    Go Big Oil!
     
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    Irrelevant to the gullible warming hoax, Monica.
     
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    Wow, Big Oil spends a paltry half a billion.

    While: Clinton's Global Initiative has raked in a whopping $66 Billion from climate change.
     
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    The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation. These views dovetail with the brothers’ corporate interests. In a study released this spring, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute named Koch Industries one of the top ten air polluters in the United States. And Greenpeace issued a report identifying the company as a “kingpin of climate science denial.” The report showed that, from 2005 to 2008, the Kochs vastly outdid ExxonMobil in giving money to organizations fighting legislation related to climate change, underwriting a huge network of foundations, think tanks, and political front groups. Indeed, the brothers have funded opposition campaigns against so many Obama Administration policies—from health-care reform to the economic-stimulus program—that, in political circles, their ideological network is known as the Kochtopus.

    In a statement, Koch Industries said that the Greenpeace report “distorts the environmental record of our companies.” And David Koch, in a recent, admiring article about him in New York, protested that the “radical press” had turned his family into “whipping boys,” and had exaggerated its influence on American politics. But Charles Lewis, the founder of the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan watchdog group, said, “The Kochs are on a whole different level. There’s no one else who has spent this much money. The sheer dimension of it is what sets them apart. They have a pattern of lawbreaking, political manipulation, and obfuscation. I’ve been in Washington since Watergate, and I’ve never seen anything like it. They are the Standard Oil of our times.”

    The billionaire Koch brothers’ war against Obama : The New Yorker
     
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    Big Oil and Koch industries are giving millions of dollars to sponsor the Tea Party because they want public support to cover for their filthy refineries that pollute our water, land, air, and oceans without safety and health regulations. Thus they use the Tea Party message to promote the perception of “public support” that actually works against them and in terms of public health and safety concerns.

    Trust me, the minute the Tea Party members begin to demand justice when industrial polluters poison their food and water, watch how fast the money will dry up—and watch how fast the corporate media will condemn them.

    My question to the Teabaggers is who will protect us from these major polluters if not the government? Are we supposed to allow them to poison our air and water and say, “Oh well, that’s capitalism?” It’s nearly common knowledge these days that government works for Big Oil and the mega corporations.

    Admittedly, we’ve seen how easily government officials were bought off on the cheap for a lousy pair of football tickets and free vacations in exchange for stamping “approved” for BP’s deepwater drilling, knowing full well that there were no safety mechanisms in place.

    If an ordinary homeowner tried to bribe a government official, he’d be fined and possibly jailed. But BP can offer government agents, who are supposed to be protecting us, free tickets to a game in exchange for permits no one is punished. The consequences have been deadly to say the least: millions of Gulf residents, sea and wildlife have had to pay dearly for that cheap bribery: the worst oil disaster in history.

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