All in Environment
Perry is now the head of an agency he wanted to abolish.
A Truthout investigation finds that among the biggest funders of the outside groups backing Republican candidates in Georgia and Montana are fossil fuel companies, which tend to favor conservatives who will join the Trump administration in rolling back environmental regulations that limit their profits.
The Heritage plan for Perry’s Energy Department predictably urges him to remove the agency from its intervention in energy markets and to cease funding renewable energy initiatives. The paper calls on Perry to “review pending energy-efficiency regulations and refrain from issuing new ones.”
The four GOP representatives have raked in campaign cash from some of the biggest corporations peddling fossil fuels, including Koch Industries, Duke Energy, Chevron, and ExxonMobil. What’s more, an independent political spending group funded by an oil and gas company stepped in with ad buys to aid in Gaetz’s recent U.S. House race.
Over their careers, these legislators appear to have responded in kind, pushing legislation favored by the industries reliant on fossil fuels. Here’s who they are, how much they’ve received from the industry, and what they’ve been up to in recent years.
In the running for the most egregious of these ironic picks is Pruitt, who in his nearly two decades as a politician has proven his unflinching allegiance to fossil fuel companies and utter distaste for environmental regulation. As a key ally to dirty energy companies in charge of the agency that regulates them, Pruitt, if confirmed, will do everything in his power to weaken environmental protections and encourage fossil fuel development, which will hasten climate change and line the pockets of industry executives.
On November 8, an already endangered rooftop solar industry took a big hit in Arizona. Three Republican candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) — backed by millions of dollars from the state’s biggest public utility — won their races, increasing the likelihood that new anti-solar policies will soon follow.
While the commission used to have more pro-solar members, outside forces have aided anti-solar candidates in recent years, cementing a commission hostile to the growing renewables industry.
In one of the remaining four states that explicitly ban third-party solar sales, a small nonprofit is continuing its fight against the nation’s biggest utility over the right to sell solar power to churches and other nonprofits without the utility’s involvement.
Thousands of activists converged in Washington, D.C. for Democracy Spring, a series of rallies, marches and sit-ins to protest big money in politics, voter suppression, and the Senate’s obstruction of President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination.
A battle in Florida is well underway between Big Energy and clean-energy advocates.
Millions of dollars tied to the fossil fuel industry in the form of campaign contributions, bundled campaign donations by lobbyists, donations to super PACs, and details in the candidate’s financial disclosures link many of these candidates to oil, gas, and coal mining companies.