April 20, 2012

Earth Day Corruption: Big Money Spent $543 Million Lobbying To Doom Human Civilization

Earth Day is this Sunday, and millions of people worldwide are expected to take part in events intended to celebrate Mother Nature and call attention to environmental issues.

Looming in the background of this day of action and awareness is a great threat to both the earth and humanity: catastrophic climate change spurred on by carbon emissions.  In the past year, we’ve seen catastrophic weather events like monster tornados, huge snow storms, and uncontrollable fires. Scientists are warning that rising tides will displace millions of people worldwide, including 3.7 million Americans.

Human civilization doesn’t have to allow this to happen. The nation’s governments can band together to regulate carbon dioxide and turn the tide on global warming. But here in the United States, we’ve seen powerful special interests beat back every serious effort to enact a comprehensive policy to battle climate change.

Here’s one example. One way to reduce pollution and carbon emissions is to start using renewable energy instead of fossil fuels. But the fossil fuel industry outspent the renewable energy industry by almost 20 times from 2009-2010 in lobbying. That dirty energy industry then received almost six times as much in government subsidies:

 

In 2009 and 2010, Congress debated various versions of energy bills that would’ve established some sort of carbon trading system intended to cut down on fossil fuel emissions. But as Congress was debating this legislation, dirty energy interests spent a whopping $543 million lobbying to kill any comprehensive climate change legislation. Meanwhile, oil and gas industry Political Action Committees donated $6 million to federal candidates from January 2009 to June 2010.

Tackling climate change and saving human civilization is of utmost importance, but Big Money continues to stand in the way. If we’re ever going to save the earth and human civilization, we have to be willing to take on the corruption of our politics by moneyed interests.

 

 

  • Climate change is probably the greatest threat facing the country today, yet our leaders do nothing. If we faced such a threat from a foreign country, would our leaders remain silent? Would we?

    • KC

      You can’t shoot guns at global warming, I guess…

    • Avaritia

      The country? Don’t you mean the planet?

  • Problem is the whole Cap & Trade thing looks more like the same scheme the monetized debt so people are not as inclined to get behind any movements about AGW. Reducing carbon emissions is not a bad thing, but carbon credits? So the rich can still pollute? And where there’s credits, there derivatives schemes. Who benefits? SAVE THE EARTH! Ok then, why do they want my money? Or as Captain Kirk once asked “What does God need with a starship?”

  • KENTSTRO

    WHAT WOULD YOU EXSPECT THE corporations OWN THE CONGRESS!! THEY ARE FOR THE rich ONLY! AND THEY WILL GET THE MIDDLE CLASS TO BE POOR! IF IT KILLS THEM ( I MEAN THE MIDDLE CLASS) THEY WILL SPEND BILLIONS TO STEAL MILLIONS
    FROM THE MIDDLE AND THE POOR CLASSES!! WAKE UP!! PLEASE!!

  • Wyotiger79

    Your credibility is all shot to hell. How can human civilization affect the cyclical actions of the Sun? Do your science before you write inflammatory headlines if you want to be taken seriously.

    • Avaritia

      Atta boy! Stick your head in the sand, claim everything is fine and voila! it will be. If that doesn’t work…well, there’s always god and Jesus to save you from it all.

    • I’m still looking for the part of the headline that talks about the actions of the sun…perhaps I missed something there. Either that or you’re too stupid to look around and see what’s happening to our planet. Yeah, I’ll go with the latter.

  • I think it is way past time for us to fire all of the special intersts, like the right wingers who got into office in 2010, and get people into office that give a damn about earth and our civilization. We got these peoplein, we can get them out. Lets start now, immediately. Koch bros and ALEC have been exposed, lets expose all the rest that are not working in our best interest. Get peitions out so we can start recalling ones like cantor, boner oris it boehner, mcconnell,kyle, ryan, west, just to name a few, and lets get folks in such as all Democrats!!!

    • stillhere

      …..with the exception of the unnecessary monkey-business with the Speaker’s name, I agree with you 100%.

  • Federal Revenues, Spending, Deficit, Debt
    YEAR…….REV…..SPDG…DEFICIT…..DEBT.. (IN TRILLIONS)
    FY1996 1.458 – 1.560 = 0.102 = 05.2248
    FY1997 1.579 – 1.692 = 0.113 = 05.4131
    FY1998 1.721 – 1.651 = 0.070 = 05.5262
    FY1999 1.827 – 1.705 = 0.122 = 05.6563 Repeal of Glass-Steagall
    FY2000 2.025 – 1.788 = 0.247 = 05.6740
    FY2001 1.990 – 1.863 = 0.127 = 05.8075 Bush Tax Cuts
    FY2002 1.853 – 2.011 = 0.158 = 06.2382
    FY2003 1.783 – 2.160 = 0.378 = 06.7832 Bush Tax Cuts
    FY2004 1.880 – 2.293 = 0.413 = 07.3791 NINJA
    FY2005 2.154 – 2.472 = 0.318 = 07.9327 NINJA
    FY2006 2.407 – 2.655 = 0.248 = 08.5070 NINJA
    FY2007 2.568 – 2.731 = 0.163 = 09.0077 NINJA
    FY2008 2.524 – 2.983 = 0.459 = 10.0247 Recession
    FY2009 2.105 – 3.518 = 1.413 = 11.9098 Bush budget
    FY2010 2.162 – 3.456 = 1.294 = 13.5616
    FY2011 2.302 – 3.601 = 1.299 = 14.7903 Payroll Tax Cut
    FY2012 x.xxx – 3.730 = 1.200 = 15.9903 Payroll Tax Cut
    FY2013 x.xxx – 3.800 = 1.000 = 17.0000

  • No Government will give up the taxes obtained from fossil fuel.
    We, the people must simply stop using the toxic stuff. Find a way!

  • If Congress is on the take, and will sell out the human race for the almighty dollar, does that make them complicit in our demise? Put another way way after the last human being is laid to rest, where will be the tribunal to try the guilty ones for the murder of the human race?

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