Oil company lobbyist spend $175 million to control Congress

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    The oil and gas industry outspent environmentalists nearly eight-fold last year in federal lobbying on climate change legislation, which has failed to pass Congress, a recent report shows.

    Environmental groups spent a record $22.4 million lobbying for a bill backed by President Obama to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan, non-profit research group that tracks money in U.S. politics. The amount was double their lobbying expenditure from 2000 to 2008.

    Still, it paled in comparison to the $175 million spent by the oil and gas industry, which opposed the pollution caps that would be required in a bill by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass. and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. ExxonMobil alone spent $27.4 million.

    Oil lobby's spending blows away environmental groups - Green House - USATODAY.com
     
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    We have the best government that money can buy.
     
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    damn republicans just won't do the right thing. :eusa_whistle:
     
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    Jeeze. Our Govt can be bought for a measly 175 Million???

    Who knew. LOL
     
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    Cons applaud big oil's right to pollute.
    Beck bragged that he won't use those reusable bags and instead he double bags everything at the store. What a guy.
     
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    tell me, which con is speaker of the house? senate majority leader?

    which cons chair the committees that this bill died in?

    i'll wait.
     
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    What a waste of money....22 million dollars down the drain, they could have planted an additional million trees with that..Good Lord!
     
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    OK. And? So?
    Unions spend millions of dollars lobbying. So do trial lawyers. So what?
    Another troll thread.
     
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    As I said in another thread, the oil and gas industry is already the most heavily regulated sector in this country. Why shouldn't they be concerned about legislation that would cost this country much needed energy and jobs?

    Chris what exactly is your disdain for the industry? Is it just an easy target so you can put up some links and spout rhetoric?
     
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    Stop overregulating their industry with pointless regulations and they wont be trying to control Congress.

    The easiest way to get rid of the money is to stop unconstitutional regulations.
     

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