May 16, 2012

Inhofe Staffer Asks Oil Lobbyists For ‘Better Coordination And Communication’

National Journal has obtained an e-mail sent from Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) staffer David Banks to two dozen oil lobbyists where he asks for more support from the industry on policy. Here’s the crucial passage:

Moving forward, we—your partners—would kindly ask for better coordination and communication from you to prevent the Obama administration from pulling similar stunts [referring to an Obama administration committee related to fracking] in the future.

This is the most evidence yet that lawmakers are coordinating with lobbyists from the fossil fuel industry to make policy. As ThinkProgress’s Rebecca Leber notes, Republicans have “received 88 percent of the [oil and gas] industry’s political contributions in 2011.” It appears that this money is paying off.

 

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  • CatKinNY

    I had NO idea that the biggest climate change denier in congress, a Republican from an oil patch state, was in the pocket of the oil and gas industry! Unfortunately, enough of his constituents work in that industry that were you to hand deliver a copy of this to every household in OK, they’d still send him back to the senate.

  • Lyla

    Here in Baldwin Hills, L.A. million dollar houses with million dollar views have been destroyed and polluted by the huge fracking operation La Brea. Those homeowners have gone to court in Sacramento to try and get rules passed so they can know what chemicals are being used to make their lives a smelly, acidy, breathing misery. Most if not all of this oil goes offshore in order to help maintain high prices here at home. Meanwhile we are becoming a third world wasteland.

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