The 22 Senators Who Urged Trump to Dump Paris Received Over $10 Million From Big Oil

When President Trump was said to be on the fence over the Paris climate accord, he received a letter signed by 22 Republican senators, urging him to pull out of the agreement.

Surprise! Those senators have collectively received more than $10 million in campaign contributions from the oil, gas and coal industries over the past five years. 

These greedy senators put their own interests above the welfare of the American people and indeed, of the planet.

Under the Paris deal, 195 countries, responsible for 95 percent of global carbon emissions, came together and agreed to cut back on pollution contributing to climate change

China is the world’s biggest polluter, followed by the U.S. and India. China is moving forward with shutting down coal mines and building solar plants and wind turbines, and India is also embracing solar power.

And what is the U.S. doing? By pulling out of the Paris climate accord, Trump and these 22 senators have affirmed that they care more about lining their own pockets than about protecting the American people or planet Earth.

“Make A Clean Break From The Paris Agreement”

“We strongly encourage you to make a clean break from the Paris Agreement,” read the letter, drafted by John Barrasso, chairman of the Senate committee on environment and public works, and Jim Inhofe, who is a senior member of the committee (seen above holding a snowball in the Senate, apparently to prove that global warming is a hoax).

What motivated these Republicans to pen this letter? According to The Guardian, over the past three election cycles (2012, 2014, 2016), their campaigns have received $10,694,284 in oil, gas and coal money. So you could say that the donations by those fossil fuel companies really paid off for them.

The other senators are Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Roy Blunt, Roger Wicker, Michael Enzi, Mike Crapo, Jim Risch, Thad Cochran, Mike Rounds, Rand Paul, John Bookman, Richard Shelby, Luther Strange, Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, David Perdue, Thom Tills, Tim Scott and Pat Roberts. Click here for a full listing of the money their campaigns received.

But really, is it a surprise that this happened? The current Republican-led administration and Congress keep making decisions designed to enrich the wealthy and damage the lives of the majority of Americans. 

Republican Decisions Designed To Hurt The Majority Of Americans

Take the American Health Care Act: this bill, intended to replace Obamacare, passed the House by just four votes, 213 – 217. Under it, around 23 million people would lose health insurance, and most of those would be the elderly, the poor and the sick. The bill would also cut $834 million in Medicaid, affecting both low- and middle-income Americans. 

This is a cruel, heartless piece of legislation, especially since it wouldn’t affect members of the House, who have their own health insurance. In spite of the mean-spirited intent of this bill, it was roundly celebrated at a Rose Garden party. 

Then there’s the Trump budget, which promises to increase defense spending by $54 billion, while at the same time cutting funds for public housing, education, medical research and Meals on Wheels.

The White House Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney, was explaining how the proposed budget would work when he actually stated that cutting the Meals on Wheels program is “probably one of the most compassionate things we can do.”

This is the Republican definition of “compassionate”?

In another deliberately cruel act, Scott Pruitt, the head of the EPA, decided to ignore ten years of research by his own organization, documenting the dangers of chlorpyrifos, a chemical found in some popular insecticides. Ignoring the scientific evidence, Pruitt refused to ban the chemical. And two months later, Care2 brought you the disturbing news that a number of farm workers in California had fallen ill because of this highly toxic pesticide.

So no, it’s not a big surprise that these 22 senators were acting in their own interests, and not in the interests of the people they were elected to serve. 

It’s just another example of how this Republican Congress, under President Trump, is consumed with lining its own pockets at the expense of the American people.

 

Photo Credit: By C-Span [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

190 comments

Marie W
Marie W3 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Jennifer H
Jennifer H7 months ago

"Surprise! Those senators have collectively received more than $10 million in campaign contributions from the oil, gas and coal industries over the past five years. " Was there ever any doubt?

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David C
David C7 months ago

money justifies all actions including risking the lives of all life today and tomorrow.....there is only one planet for life right now and we can't make another

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Jeramie D
Jeramie D7 months ago

This is beyond tragic and has ramifications for our entire planet.

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Mitchell D
Mitchell D7 months ago

The biggest hoax about global warming i that it is a hoax, and then that Inhofe made a boatload of money from his "Hoax" book! these people,in effect, are whores for the fossil fuel industry!!!

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Robert B
Robert B7 months ago

Tragically, too many people are unaware of what's going on and do not bother to keep up with current important events. That is why they always vote for the worst people on earth. If they vote at all.

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Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie7 months ago

Thank you so very much.

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Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie7 months ago

Thank you so very much.

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Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie7 months ago

Thank you so very much.

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Nicole H
Nicole Heindryckx7 months ago

My last one : sorry to bother you with so many comments on a row. But have been "out" for some time, and when I saw there were over 160 comments, I know I would need some more time than 30 mins. That's why I postponed it until .......... today.
And sorry for the °°°°, but I have been trying so many times to leave a blanc space between 2 sentences, and it doesn't work. So I tried something else, drawing yr attention to the fact that one comment sometimes was about various people. To round off : I hope that one of those days, something even worse pops up that will really attack the position of the Potus and his gang-members, and that impeachment procedure can be started. After nearly 6 months of legislature we have seen MORE THAN ENOUGH !!

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