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Ahead of House Hearing, Committee Climate Deniers Cash In

As a key House subcommittee prepares to hold a comprehensive hearing pushing back on President Obama’s plans for action against climate change, campaign finance numbers show that denying the science of climate change can pay off—literally—for members of the subcommittee.

Oil and Gas Industry Picks 2014 Favorites

Oil and gas industry interests often complain about the government “picking winners” in the economic marketplace, but they don’t seem to mind trying to pick winners when it comes to politics.

Senators Boycott EPA Chief Vote While Raising Money From Energy Lobbyists

Three Senate Republicans who boycotted Thursday's scheduled vote on President Obama's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had fundraisers scheduled on the same day, at least two of which were hosted by energy industry lobbyists, according to invitations obtained by the Sunlight Foundation's Political Party Time website.

Chevron Pockets $1.5 Billion Handout, Spends Big to Keep Friendly Congress

A Washington Post story yesterday revealed that oil and gas companies have enjoyed a massive taxpayer-funded giveaway of $11 billion since 1996 thanks to royalty free wells in the Gulf of Mexico, with Chevron’s $1.5 billion in extra profits topping the list.

The Stumbling Block to Obama's Climate Commitment

President Obama’s unexpectedly strong comments on climate change during his inauguration speech—which the New York Times called “the most prominent policy vow of his second Inaugural Address”—have left many climate hawks and environmentalists excited for the prospects of action during his second term.

Cashing In On Obstruction: How Mitch McConnell’s Abuse of the Filibuster Benefits His Big Money Donors

January, 2013
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Chevron Donates $2.5 Million to Elect House Republicans

Oil giant Chevron donated $2,500,000 to the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC whose sole purpose is to elect House Republicans, according to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

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Big Oil's Big Imprint on 2012

The top five oil companies have reported $62.2 billions in earnings through the second quarter of 2012. And on Thursday, these companies will begin releasing their earnings reports for the third quarter.

These companies, and the entire oil and gas industry, have been rewarding members of Congress who have voted repeatedly to keep in place billions of dollars in taxpayer handouts to Big Oil. They're spending big in hopes of electing a Congress—and president—who'll be pliant to their demands.

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Wisconsin Senate Republican Tommy Thompson Raising Money From Big Oil

On Wednesday, as Wisconsin Senate candidate and former governor Tommy Thompson (R) was forced to defend statements he made about turning Medicare into a voucher program similar to what was proposed in the Paul Ryan budget he has supported, he was scheduled to attend an “oil and gas industry luncheon” in Washington, D.C—an industry whose billions in subsidies

Senate GOP to Unveil Legislation Giving Big Oil ‘Christmas in July’

Senate Republicans plan to introduce a collection of legislation on Thursday that reads like a “Christmas in July” wish list come true for big oil and gas companies.

According to The Hill, Republican aides say Sen. John Hoeven’s (R-N.D.) legislation will “require expanded onshore oil-and-gas leasing, allow drilling off Virginia’s coast, and approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.”