Monday, June 22, 2009

In Case You Forgot, Big Oil Continues To Be Big

While the efforts of everyday Americans and a broad coalition of businesses, labor, veterans and non-profit public interest groups work to pass a comprehensive energy and climate change bill have brought us to the precipice of the first ever House floor vote on a joint carbon cap and renewable electricity standard, it would be somewhat understandable to think that the biggest impediment to climate change legislation, namely Big Oil, have sat this fight out.

In fact, it turns out they are spending more on lobbying than ever before, to the tune of $44.5 million in the first quarter of 2009 alone, before negotiations on the American Clean Energy and Security Act even ramped up. Unsurprisingly, ExxonMobil was the largest spender, accounting for $9.3M of the industry's total.

ExxonMobil, of course, continues to be the largest cog in the campaign to deny global warming, be it through funding authors of sham studies, setting up disgraced politician-led front groups masquerading as clean but opposing a carbon cap, and flat out refusing to acknowledge the existence of global warming, which CEO Rex Tillerson did just last month.

And, lest we not forgot, they also have been longtime donors to the notorious Heartland Institute, the "leaders" in disputing climate change, although their tenuous "movement" seems to be waning in the face of the previously mentioned good work of those committed to serving the public interest.

The takeaway? We're better positioned than we ever have been before, but the opposition is clearly demonstrating that the fight will be more dogged than ever before. We'll keep posting the ludicrous facts and moments that this fight generates and we'll keep fighting. If you like what we're doing, consider donating to our cause by clicking on the DONATE button on the right.