May 14, 2012

Corruption Is Why Taxpayers Are Forced To Give Polluters $10 Billion A Year

It’s simple common sense that pollution is a bad thing. We all know that breathing dirtier air, drinking less clean water, and having an unsanitary environment is bad for human beings.

But did you know that American taxpayers spend over $10 billion a year subsidizing it?

Last week, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a bill at a rally on Capitol Hill that would end the $110 billion in subsidies in the form of special tax breaks and spending that fossil fuel industries will get over the next ten years.

We talked to Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) about his bill. Ellison said that it will take a grassroots movement to overcome the lobbying that the industry is engaging in — the oil and gas industry spent $37.6 million lobbying the first few months of this year alone — and that the fossil fuel industries are using their record profits to funnel more money to Congress. Watch our interview with the congressman along with Sanders’ remarks at the rally:

 

  • Cyber Tracer

    Republicans are not trying to win a popularity contest. GOP is the backbone of corruption in government. These despots want total control over the government and American citizens. Foreign interest groups are now lobbying the people elected to our public offices. Since the 2010 shellacking of democrats their goal is to gain as much control over the system as possible. Winning the election is not as important as safe keeping all of the messy laws created for their total corruption and take over. Compare these thugs to Osama Bin Laden and third world dictators. The future JOBS in America will be their war machine…U.S. MILITARY. Eventually, military force will be used against American citizens. Consider the possibility of our own Supreme Court overturning a law that was passed by a majority vote in the democratic process. The Supreme Court is not a lawmaker. It’s function is to uphold the law. The infamous Citizens United Decision and ALEC are part of the effort to take over American government. Uninformed poor white voters (middle class, working class and poor) are adamantly republican. Keep an eye on the red states in November. The cradle of the confederacy are their backbone of support..even in this period of high unemployment, high gas prices and a do-nothing Congress. The recession would be over if GOP thugs weren’t so busy handing over America to the likes of the Koch brothers. Join Senator Bernie Sanders and sign his petition to overturn Supreme Court Citizens United Decision with a new amendment to the constitution. Your signature is requested.

    • You said that just perfectly! I was going to post a coment but you nailed it so well I will just say Kudo’s to you.

  • Cosmicdefender

    Is there any way you can link petitions to your news articles? They incense me so much I want to take action but I am not sure how to go about it. Following the money trail is revealing some surprising new culprits and perpetrators. How can we stop them?

    • Cyber Tracer

      http://www.sanders.senate.gov/petition/?uid=f1c2660f-54b9-4193-86a4-ec2c39342c6c

      A Petition to Support the Saving American Democracy Amendment

      Corporations are not persons with constitutional rights equal to real people. Corporations must be subject to regulation by the people. Corporations must not make campaign contributions or any election expenditures. Citizens United Decision, backed by republican thugs, has given the power to corporations to influence our elections with unlimited amounts of cash. Get money out of politics. Join Bernie Sanders and overturn the Supreme Court decision in a case called Citizens United vs. FEC. Citizens United is but one example of the GOP agenda to hand over the government to the likes of David and Charles Koch, bring down the middle class, crash medicare and social security, and destroy democracy as we know it. Your signature is requested.

  • Avaritia

    If 10 billion is all we were forced to give every year, we would be on Easy Street. Ha!

  • Don Gaudard

    The DC Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, this afternoon issued an opinion in which the Koch Brothers and all the others of that ILK must report the names of all their donors. It will be interesting to see what the SCt does with this. In the Opinion, the Court quoted Citizens United to support their position that the names of contributors must be disclosed.

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