Climate Power Executive Director Reacts to Polluters Over People Vote
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today’s vote on the GOP’s bad-deal Polluters Over People bill proves that House Republicans are more interested in serving the oil and gas industry than the American people. In response to the vote, Climate Power Executive Director Lori Lodes said:
“Today, radical MAGA Republicans voted to raise prices for families, roll back key environmental protections and decimate Made in America clean energy. Their Polluters Over People agenda is, at its core, a handout to their Big Oil allies that hurts families’ wallets and peoples’ health. Republicans went on the record for nothing – the bill has no chance in the Senate, because the Democratic majority answers to the people, not profits.”
The oil and gas industry contributed $38.4 million million to Republican candidates in the 2022 election cycle. Combined, new Members in Congress have taken a staggering $1.1 million in campaign funding from oil and gas. Republican co-sponsors of the Polluters Over People Act have deep ties to oil and gas:
- Co-sponsors of the Polluters Over People Act received a combined total of $4.5 million from the oil and gas industry in the 2022 election cycle, and $15.1 million over their careers.
- Co-sponsors of the bill received on average $93,000 from the oil and gas industry in the 2022 election cycle.
- Co-sponsors in the Conservative Climate Caucus received on average nearly $122,000.
- Despite making up 47% of the co-sponsors of the bill, the members of the radical Conservative Climate Caucus received 61% of the 2022 election cycle contributions from the oil and gas industry.