Connect with us

The Guardians of Democracy

The Guardians of Democracy

The 22 GOP Senators Who Urged Trump To Drop Paris Deal Took Over $10 Million From Big Oil

Clean Energy

The 22 GOP Senators Who Urged Trump To Drop Paris Deal Took Over $10 Million From Big Oil

The twenty-two Republican senators who wrote a letter to President Trump urging him to withdraw from the Paris climate accord when he was on the fence have received more than $10m from oil, gas and coal companies the past three election cycles, according to a report by The Guardian.

The bought and paid for senators, whose names include Oklahoma’s James Inhofe and Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, and Rand Paul, signed a letter to Trump this week urging him to withdraw from the Paris deal.




The Guardian reports:

Trump had been said to be on the fence about the deal. Members of his inner circle, including his daughter, were reported to favor staying in.

“We strongly encourage you to make a clean break from the Paris Agreement,” read the letter, drafted by Wyoming’s John Barrasso, chairman of the Senate committee on environment and public works, and Oklahoma’s Jim Inhofe, a longtime climate change denier and senior member of that committee.

The letter argued that the Paris deal threatened Trump’s efforts to rescind the clean power plan, an Obama-era set of regulations and guidelines that include emissions caps and other rules deemed onerous by the fossil fuel industries.

The Guardian also provided a breakdown of donations the oil, gas, and coal industries have contributed to the 22 GOP senators since 2012:




James Inhofe, Oklahoma
Oil & gas: $465,950

Coal: $63,600

Total: $529,550

John Barrasso, Wyoming
Oil & gas: $458,466

Coal: $127,356

Total: $585,822

Mitch McConnell, Kentucky
Oil & gas: $1,180,384

Coal: $361,700

Total: $1,542,084

John Cornyn, Texas
Oil & gas: $1,101,456

Coal: $33,050

Total: $1,134,506

Roy Blunt, Missouri
Oil & gas: $353,864

Coal: $96,000

Total: $449,864

Roger Wicker, Mississippi
Oil & gas: $198,816

Coal: $25,376

Total: $224,192

Michael Enzi, Wyoming
Oil & gas: $211,083

Coal: $63,300

Total: $274,383

Mike Crapo, Idaho
Oil & gas: $110,250

Coal: $26,756

Total: $137,006

Jim Risch, Idaho
Oil & gas: $123,850

Coal: $25,680

Total: $149,530

Thad Cochran, Mississippi
Oil & gas: $276,905

Coal: $15,000

Total: $291,905

Mike Rounds, South Dakota
Oil & gas: $201,900

Coal: none

Total: $201,900

Rand Paul, Kentucky
Oil & gas: $170,215

Coal: $82,571

Total: $252,786

John Boozman, Arkansas
Oil & gas: $147,930

Coal: $2,000

Total: $149,930

Richard Shelby, Alabama
Oil & gas: $60,150

Coal: $2,500

Total: $62,650

Luther Strange, Alabama
(Appointed in 2017, running in 2017 special election)

Total: NA

Orrin Hatch, Utah
Oil & gas: $446,250

Coal: $25,000

Total: $471,250

Mike Lee, Utah
Oil & gas: $231,520

Coal: $21,895

Total: $253,415

Ted Cruz, Texas
Oil & gas: $2,465,910

Coal: $103,900

Total: $2,569,810

David Perdue, Georgia
Oil & gas: $184,250

Coal: $0

Total: $184,250

Thom Tillis, North Carolina
Oil & gas: $263,400

Coal: $0

Total: $263,400

Tim Scott, South Carolina
Oil & gas: $490,076

Coal: $58,200

Total: $548,276

Pat Roberts, Kansas
Oil & gas: $388,950

Coal: $28,825

Total: $417,775

Grand total: $10,694,284

Comments

More in Clean Energy

Facebook




Trending:




Trending This Week:

Latest

To Top