The Democratic National Committee (DNC) will reject all fossil fuel company donations in an effort to connect with environmentalists and grassroots voters, following in the footsteps of the Obama-era ban on all corporate PAC donations to the DNC.
“Climate change caused by the burning of fossil fuels represents an existential threat to civilization, and Democrats committed in our 2016 Platform to curbing the effects of climate change, protecting America’s natural resources, and ensuring the quality of our air, water, and land for current and future generations,” read the text of the DNC resolution, which passed over the weekend.
“Fossil fuel corporations are drowning our democracy in a tidal wave of dark oily money; they have deceived the public about the impacts of climate change, fought the growth of clean renewable energy, and corrupted our political system,” the resolution reads.
The resolution calls the decision by the DNC a way to “empower Democrats to walk our talk in harmony with our stated beliefs and convictions.”
The Hill added:
The vote comes as the U.S. energy industry is finding itself increasingly split as certain sources — namely coal and nuclear — weather hard economic times but find vocal support from the Trump administration.
Earlier this month, President Trump ordered Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take “immediate steps” to prevent further closures of coal and nuclear power plants as the industry increasingly shifts toward clean and renewable fuel.