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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Senators who signed pro Keystone XL dripping with dirty oil money -- $27.5 million dirty dollars

Pro-Keystone XL Letter Dripping in Fossil Fuel Money

In the ongoing saga that is the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, it’s clear that supporters of the dangerous project are getting anxious.  Perhaps they’re seeing the writing on the wall that this project is nowhere near a sure thing, thanks to the massive resistance to the pipeline, the scientists throwing their weight in opposition to it, and the new studies out showing even greater negative effects if built.

In the latest attempt to influence the Obama administration, supporters of the project in the Senate have sent a new letter urging the President to approve the problematic pipeline.

This shouldn’t actually be news, however, given the signers of this letter are largely the same Senators who have supported the project all along…that is, minus at least a few (who we hope have come to their senses).
Why would these tar sands pipeline supporters send another letter to the White House?  Well, as usual, one possible answer lies in their political contributions.  Sometimes, facts paint the picture quite starkly.  Consider the following, taken from our Dirty Energy Money database*:
  • Total lifetime contributions from dirty energy money interests to Senators signing the bill from dirty energy money interests: $27.5 million
  • Average lifetime contributions from dirty energy money interests to Senators signing the letter: $551,051
  • Average lifetime contributions from dirty energy money interests to Senators NOT signing the letter: $162,720
That’s right: those Senators who signed this letter have received – on average –340% MORE in campaign contributions from fossil fuel industry interests than those who had the sense to stay away.  Nearly three-and-a-half times more dirty money went to the signers of the letter than to those who didn’t sign it.

It’s no wonder some Senators are getting antsy – it’s their supporters who stand to benefit the most from our continued reliance on fossil fuels. Who stands to be impacted the most by the threats to land, water, communities and our climate, on the other hand, is a different story…

*Note: This data was compiled from Oil Change International’s Dirty Energy Money database. Data for six Senators – Elizabeth Warren (MA, did not sign), Angus King (ME, did not sign), Heidi Heitkamp (ND, did sign), Deb Fischer (NE, did sign), Ted Cruz (TX, did sign) and Tim Kaine (VA, did not sign) – is not yet available as they are new to both chambers of the Congress and campaign contribution data is still being compiled and analyzed.

John Hoeven (R-N.D.)
Max Baucus (D-Mont.)
Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)
Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.)
Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)
John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
Mike Johanns (R-Neb.)
Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)
Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)
Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.)
Dan Coats (R-Ind.)
Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
David Vitter (R-La.)
John Cornyn (R-Texas)
James Risch (R-Idaho)
Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
James Inhofe (R-Okla.)
Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)
Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)
Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)
Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.)
Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)
Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)
Susan Collins (R-Maine)
John Thune (R-S.D.)
Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
Mike Lee (R-Utah)
Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)
John Boozman (R-Ark.)
Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
Tim Scott (R-S.C.)
Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) s
Dean Heller (R-Nev.)
Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)
Mark Begich (D-Alaska)
Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.)
Mary Landrieu (D-La.)
Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)
Mark Pryor (D-Ark.)
Mark Warner (D-Va.)
Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
Kay Hagan (D-N.C.)

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