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Fossil Fuel Industries Outspend Clean Energy Advocates On Climate Lobbying By 10 To 1

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Excerpt: '“Public opinion is pretty much a minor factor in deciding what Congress is going to do,” said Robert Brulle, the study’s author and a sociologist at Drexel University.'

Yet another example, as if any more were needed, of why capitalism cannot solve the climate crisis. Any climate action not accompanied by an indictment of capitalism is effectively a vote for planetary suicide.

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Fossil Fuel Industries Outspend Clean Energy Advocates On Climate Lobbying By 10 To 1 | HuffPost


Fossil Fuel Industries Outspend Clean Energy Advocates On Climate Lobbying By 10 To 1

That’s one reason why climate bills fail even though most Americans think global warming is happening.

Fossil fuel producers, airlines and electrical utilities outspent environmental groups and the renewable energy industry 10 to 1 on lobbying related to climate change legislation between 2000 and 2016, according to a new analysis released Wednesday.

The research, which will be published Thursday in the journal Climate Change, suggests that, at a time when the majority of Americans understand global warming and support government action to deal with it, industry lobbying still has far greater influence in Washington.
“Public opinion is pretty much a minor factor in deciding what Congress is going to do,” said Robert Brulle, the study’s author and a sociologist at Drexel University.

Money spent on lobbying, he said, is likely a much bigger determinant of whether federal legislation gets off the ground.
“We seem to have a public opinion fetish where if we get public opinion to be supportive of climate change legislation, then it’ll happen,” Brulle said. “My answer to that is, gee, well, we should have gun control legislation then.”

During the period examined by the study, expenditures on federal lobbying aimed at climate issues topped $2 billion, representing on average 3.9 percent of annual federal lobbying dollars. That spending fluctuated by year. In 2009, it surged to more than 9 percent of the total as Congress debated the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which would have established a cap-and-trade market to limit greenhouse gas emissions and allow companies to buy and sell permits to pollute. The bill failed in the Senate in 2010.

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