Oil Above All: Members Of HEAT Task Force Have Received Over $4 Million From Big Oil

Today, 26 House Republicans launched an energy coalition called the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) as a vehicle for the GOP to tout their oil above all energy agenda. The team’s name is sadly appropriate, as their agenda will accelerate the greenhouse pollution that is dangerously heating up our planet. Texas Republican Bill Flores, who received over $200,000 in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry, explained that their “all of the above” approach means expanding oil and gas drilling:

We desperately need the stability that comes from pursuing an all-of-the-above energy plan, which includes unlocking access and tapping into the vast amounts of taxpayer-owned energy resources both on our public lands and off our coasts.

It’s no surprise that HEAT will be focused on the oil industry wishlist. A Think Progress analysis of campaign contributions revealed that members of HEAT received a whopping $4 million from the oil and gas industry over the course of their careers:

Member Oil & Gas Industry Contributions Through Career
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) $142,350
Peter Roskam (R-IL) $153,265
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) $170,143
Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) $343,045
Mike Conaway (R-TX) $678,818
Steve Scalise (R-LA) $139,135
Greg Walden (R-OR) $182,500
Rick Berg (R-ND) $114,311
Jeff Denham (R-CA) $24,400
Cory Gardner (R-CO) $171,324
Doc Hastings (R-WA) $161,804
Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) $26,600
Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) $119,600
Devin Nunes (R-CA) $138,000
Alan Nunnelee (R-MS) $55,050
Pete Olson (R-TX) $246,750
Ben Quayle (R-AZ) $42,200
Martha Roby (R-AL) $14,500
Phil Roe (R-TN) $23,700
Steve Womack (R-AR) $15,719
Jeff Duncan (R-SC) $15,000
Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) $30,000
Bill Flores (R-TX) $212,528
Virginia Foxx (R-NC) $58,450
John Shimkus (R-IL) $275,761
Fred Upton (R-MI) $262,850
Bill Johnson (R-OH) $5,250
Mike Pompeo (R-KS) $250,156
TOTAL $4,073,209

“HEAT must stand for Help Exxon Avoid Taxes,” Center for American Progress Action Fund Senior Fellow Daniel Weiss says. Every member except for Capito, who did not cast a vote, voted to continue Big Oil’s $40 billion in subsidies earlier this year.

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