Meet The 232 Politicians Who Voted Against Clean Air

What’s the most important issue for you this election? The economy? Energy? Immigration? You’re probably not thinking about “clean air,” since there’s wouldn’t much of an election — or country — without it. Still, new research by the NRDC Action Fund found that a whopping 193 House members and 39 Senators voted against preserving clean air standards every time an opportunity came across their desk.

These politicians must have invested in sophisticated artificial respiratory systems because unless I’m mistaken, they too need clean air to survive. No special technology? Well then, it must be the massive amount of campaign contributions these “dirty air villains” took from the country’s biggest polluter’s that’s made them so flippant when it comes to clean air.

The NRDC Action Fund analysis found that on average, House members who took more than $100,000 in polluter campaign contributions voted against clean air laws nearly twice as many times as those who took less from dirty industries. In the Senate, members taking more than $500,000 in career polluter campaign contributions voted against clean air laws three times as often as those taking less, on average. Contributions data was obtained from OpenSecrets in August, 2012.

All 193 Dirty Air Villains in the House are Republican. In the Senate, 37 Republicans and two Democrats voted down the line against clean air.

If you’ve ever doubted the impact that corporately-funded elections are having on your life, this is a blatant example. Regardless of how much a candidate claims to have the best interests of the people and country in mind, it’s absolutely essential to uncover who’s padding their pockets and how they’re voting on the issues that really matter. Clean air? Since when is that a partisan issue?! WE ALL NEED TO BREATHE.

The American Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2012″ report found that although the Clean Air Act has helped improve air quality in many areas (and saved $22 trillion in health care costs), over 127 million people — 41 percent of the nation — still suffer pollution levels that are too often dangerous to breathe.

“Our analysis reveals the full extent of Big Polluters’ reach into Congress, where some members, especially in the Tea party-influenced House, do not miss a single opportunity to side with the dirty industry, leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves,” said Heather Taylor, director of the NRDC Action Fund. ”Our data will help people send a strong message to office-seekers: We want representatives in Congress who put the public first, not polluters.”

Want to know how your Congresspeople and Senators voted? Check out the full list at Make a list of the politicians that voted against your right to breathe clean air, and vote them out of office on November 6th.


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Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson6 years ago

Wow, thanks for the heads up.

Mary M.
Past Member 6 years ago

Of course NOT this is good old boy IDAHO...R Labrador is a tea Party gun tottin good old boy who by the way has an office the same building as mine and has NEVER been there in teh 2 years I have been there...we just keep paying for this suite anyway! So he should stop wasting the taxpayers money and shut up about the entitlement casues

Lynn D.
Lynn D6 years ago

and I've never voted for them either and yet they still win! Maybe there was something else included along with the bill that made them vote that way? thanks!

Bill Reese
Bill Reese6 years ago

Beth only gave us one side of the story. She jumped out in the middle of the river without saying why or what was in the bill that made some people vote against it? We do not know what port was added and may have been over board. In fact it almost sounds like there must be an added port project that helps Beth, as that is the only reasonable choice for her to be so biased without exploring the real reasons.

Lika S.
Lika P6 years ago

Mine did, and I posted on facebook.

James Hager
James Hager6 years ago

good info to spread ;) thanks for the article!

Darren O'brien
Darren O'brien6 years ago

wow, really?
Somehow I wonder how those people can live without problem, cus, this article shows me that over 200 politicians are probably the most idiotic people I have seen in my life. If I said they are mentally challenge, I'm afraid that I would offend the people who are mentally challenge.

John S.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks, but are they receiving money because they hold those views, or to change their votes. Maybe they believe that jobs will be lost (directly and indirectly because the higher cost will have a ripple affect).

Diana Roth
Diana Roth6 years ago

We need to get these idiots out of office and now.

Carol R.
Carol R6 years ago

Good information in time for thenext elections.