As Republican Attorneys General faced 2018 re-election bids and continued their legal challenges to Obama-era environmental regulations, fossil fuel companies poured millions of dollars into the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), a political nonprofit that spends money to elect GOP AGs. That trend has continued into this year. From 2017 through mid-2019, oil, gas, and coal companies, trade associations, fossil fuel utilities, and industry executives donated over $6.7 million to RAGA, a CMD investigation has found.
The legislation, SB 33, is modeled after an ALEC proposal, and its corporate backers are big contributors to the Republican party and legislators in Ohio.
Bill pushed by big oil and ALEC would chill environmental protests with the threat of harsh jail terms and fines.
By Don Wiener and Arn Pearson
Newly released figures show that Koch Industries has spent almost 20 percent more on federal lobbying expenses so far this year than it had at the same time last year. With the U.S. House in Democratic hands, Koch, like other fossil fuel companies, is forced to play defense on energy issues, along with pushing back against Trump trade policies.
Emissions reductions alone cannot avert climate ruin, so it's good news that C02 removal is feasible and affordable.
The Wisconsin bill echoes similar "critical infrastructure protection" model bills pushed out by the American Legislative Exchange Council and the Council of State Governments over the last two years.
Plastic Industry Association works with ALEC to block regulation of single-use plastics.
The SEC has denied ExxonMobil's request to prevent a shareholder vote on a resolution requiring the oil giant to disclose its political spending, including "dark money" contributions to advocacy groups and trade associations.
U.S. EPA fines paper company $79,000 for illegal stormwater discharges.
Global climate actions kicked off by the young Swedish teen, Greta Thurnberg, nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize this week.