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Top Republicans Just Revealed The Real Reason For Leaving The Paris Climate Pact

Top Republicans Just Revealed The Real Reason For Leaving The Paris Climate Pact

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With the entire world condemning Donald Trump for withdrawing from the hard-negotiated Paris Climate accord, it’s difficult to imagine why anyone would be motivated to stop our best chance to reverse the acceleration of global warming. Yet 22 Republican Senators signed a letter urging the president to do just that.

Now The Guardian has revealed the true motivation for betraying the best interests of their constituents and the world as a whole, and, as usual, it comes down to money.

The 22 Senators who signed the letter asking Trump to ditch the US commitment to reducing carbon emissions have –surprise, surprise–received over $10 million in campaign contributions from fossil fuel industry companies in the last five years.

A Guardian survey of Federal Elections Commission data organized by the Center for Responsive Politics found that the industries gave a total of $10,694,284 to the 22 senators over the past three election cycles.

Visible donations to Republicans from those industries exceeded donations to Democrats in the 2016 election cycle by a ratio of 15-to-1, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. And that does not include so-called dark money passed from oil interests such as Koch industries to general slush funds to re-elect Republicans such as the Senate leadership fund.

At least $90m in untraceable money has been funneled to Republican candidates from oil, gas and coal interests in the past three election cycles, according to Federal Election Commission disclosures analyzed by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Apparently, the Republican Senators who are on the receiving ends of these “contributions” (that some citizens may consider outright bribes) care more about not biting the hands that feed them then saving their constituents and the earth itself from the environmental devastation that 97% of scientists predict will take place if no action is taken to reduce carbon emissions. Perhaps they expect us to believe that it is sheer coincidence that their positions on the issue align exactly with the interests of the companies that are responsible for the carbon emissions and are donating to their campaigns.

Luckily, The Guardian has published a list of the Senators in what should be called the “Hall of Shame” and exactly how much money they’ve taken from the merchants of pollution during the last three election cycles. Here it is for your reference:

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James Inhofe, Oklahoma

Oil & gas: $465,950

Coal: $63,600

Total: $529,550

John Barrasso, Wyoming

Oil & gas: $458,466

Coal: $127,356

Total: $585,822

Mitch McConnell, Kentucky

Oil & gas: $1,180,384

Coal: $361,700

Total: $1,542,084

John Cornyn, Texas

Oil & gas: $1,101,456

Coal: $33,050

Total: $1,134,506

Roy Blunt, Missouri

Oil & gas: $353,864

Coal: $96,000

Total: $449,864

Roger Wicker, Mississippi

Oil & gas: $198,816

Coal: $25,376

Total: $224,192

Michael Enzi, Wyoming

Oil & gas: $211,083

Coal: $63,300

Total: $274,383

Mike Crapo, Idaho

Oil & gas: $110,250

Coal: $26,756

Total: $137,006

Jim Risch, Idaho

Oil & gas: $123,850

Coal: $25,680

Total: $149,530

Thad Cochran, Mississippi

Oil & gas: $276,905

Coal: $15,000

Total: $291,905

Mike Rounds, South Dakota

Oil & gas: $201,900

Coal: none

Total: $201,900

Rand Paul, Kentucky

Oil & gas: $170,215

Coal: $82,571

Total: $252,786

John Boozman, Arkansas

Oil & gas: $147,930

Coal: $2,000

Total: $149,930

Richard Shelby, Alabama

Oil & gas: $60,150

Coal: $2,500

Total: $62,650

Luther Strange, Alabama

(Appointed in 2017, running in 2017 special election)

Total: NA

Orrin Hatch, Utah

Oil & gas: $446,250

Coal: $25,000

Total: $471,250

Mike Lee, Utah

Oil & gas: $231,520

Coal: $21,895

Total: $253,415

Ted Cruz, Texas

Oil & gas: $2,465,910

Coal: $103,900

Total: $2,569,810

David Perdue, Georgia

Oil & gas: $184,250

Coal: $0

Total: $184,250

Thom Tillis, North Carolina

Oil & gas: $263,400

Coal: $0

Total: $263,400

Tim Scott, South Carolina

Oil & gas: $490,076

Coal: $58,200

Total: $548,276

Pat Roberts, Kansas

Oil & gas: $388,950

Coal: $28,825

Total: $417,775

Sum total for all 22 Republican signatories: $10,694,284

If your Senator’s name is on this list, perhaps you should consider calling their offices and demanding to know why they prioritize their own self-interests above those of our country and its people.

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