With advocates in the midst of a nationwide blitz to pressure lawmakers to commit fully to the vision of a Green New Deal, a new analysis shows that if you want to see where members of the U.S. Senate stand on the issue the best place to start might just be their campaign finance records.
“If your greatest fear at this point is that the Green New Deal is too ambitious, you’re not just on the wrong side of history; you’re on the wrong side of humanity.” —Marko Marcetic, Jacobin
As Huffpost‘s Alexander C. Kaufman reports on Thursday:
While members of the Republican Party, which largely continues to deny the very existence of the climate crisis, are unsurprisingly opposed to the Green New Deal—a concept the envisions a massive energy transition that would drastically curb greenhouse gas emissions while creating a massive jobs program and a more equitable economy—reluctance by members of the Democratic Party is what continues to concern proponents of the deal.
According to Kaufman, he based his analysis of fossil fuel industry donations on publicly available filings dating back to 1989 made available by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan organization that tracks such data. The figures, he explained, included donations from both corporate political action committees from the oil, coal, and gas sectors as well as individuals who work in those those industries who gave $200 or more.
In response to the analysis, the Sunrise Movement, the youth-led organization that is part of the grassroots groundswell backing the Green New Deal resolution—put forth in the House by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and in the Senate by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.)— said: “It’s no surprise that some of the most vocal opponents to the
#GreenNewDeal in Congress are some of the individuals who have taken the most money from oil and gas CEOs + lobbyists.”
Not waiting for lawmakers to get there on their own, Sunrise and other groups are continuing a massive lobbying blitz of lawmakers ahead of vote in the Senate on its version of the resolution that has been “cynically” called by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Republican from Kentucky.
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