Sierra Magazine: Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.
"When in doubt, follow the money." - Sierra Daily
Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Contact Us

March April 2014

Read the latest issue of Sierra

« Blame Dispersants | Main | "Don't know much about a science book" »

Sierra Daily

Sep 10, 2010

"When in doubt, follow the money."

Why is it that amidst the biggest U.S. oil spill ever, in a summer of searing heatwaves, catastrophic fires and floods, and dramatically disintegrating ice sheets, the U.S. Senate couldn't even bring climate-change legislation up for a vote? Many possible explanations have been offered: congressional fatigue after the health-care debate; political cowardice in the face of public confusion on the issue; and straight-up political gamesmanship. Following the advice of Deep Throat, Steve Kretzmann, executive director of the group Oil Change International recommends "When in doubt, follow the money." You can do so at his organization's new interactive DirtyEnergyMoney.com site, which tracks the flow of petro-dollars into the halls of Congress. You'll learn, for example, that the coal industry favors Democrats, while the GOP remains the favored recipient of oil-and-gas money. The biggest spending company of them all? That would be Koch Industries, the goblin at the bottom of so many money trails. Happy hunting!

--Paul Rauber

User comments or postings reflect the opinions of the responsible contributor only, and do not reflect the viewpoint of the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club does not endorse or guarantee the accuracy of any posting. The Sierra Club accepts no obligation to review every posting, but reserves the right (but not the obligation) to delete postings that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate.

Up to Top