REPORT: Most Anti-Environment House Of Representatives In History Voted 109 Times To Enrich Big Oil

The House of Representatives holds the title of the most anti-environment House in congressional history. Led by Republicans, the House has voted against the environment 247 times in the last 18 months, averaging one anti-environmental vote for every day the House has been in session.

The newest report, released by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA), finds that many of these votes have directly benefited the oil and gas industry. According to the report:

  • One out of every five votes has either rolled back protections for public lands, clean air, clean water, or enriched the oil industry.
  • There were 77 votes undermining Clean Air and public health protections, including new EPA regulation of mercury toxins.
  • Another 39 votes would weaken public lands protections, 37 votes to block climate change action, and 31 votes against Clean Water Act protection.
  • The House voted to enrich the oil and gas industry 109 times, a total 44 percent of its anti-environment votes. There were 38 votes to prevent clean energy deployment and 12 votes to expedite review of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Republicans have close ties to the industries seeking to roll back environmental protections. House Republicans have received 8o percent of the oil industry’s campaign contributions over their careers, according to a ThinkProgress analysis of Center for Responsive Politics data. House Republicans have taken $38 million from the industry throughout their careers. By comparison, House Democrats have taken nearly $9 million, meaning Republican members have received more than four times as much of oil’s dollars as Democratic members. Meanwhile, coal contributions to Congress are on track this year to beat a record $8.1 million spending, and House Republicans have taken 85 percent of the coal industry’s cash.

After slashing key clean energy programs 13 times in recent weeks, the GOP will continue their sterling track record with a series of bills that protect their donors’ interests ahead of public health, public lands, and clean air. According to Markey, these bills count as “one of the largest fire sales of America’s taxpayer-owned land in history while attacking the bedrock environmental laws that protect our water, our air, and our people.”

7 Responses to REPORT: Most Anti-Environment House Of Representatives In History Voted 109 Times To Enrich Big Oil

  1. Artful Dodger says:

    … it’s not that they’ve bought Congress (that $38 M lifetime contribution represents about 2 hours of Big Oil’s profits this Quarter alone).

    It’s that they’ve also bought the Supreme Court. And the company that makes paperless voting machines.

    No change is possible in this political environment.

  2. colinc says:

    That is, perhaps, the most astute observation I’ve ever seen made on this site. I tip my hat to you, sir.

  3. kfreed says:

    Oh change is possible all right, elect Mittens and a few more “climate change is a hoax/against God’s plan” tea partiers… and it can get much, much worse.

    Why not voting has consequences. Yep, all eyes on those machines.

  4. Belgrave says:

    “That $38 M lifetime contribution represents about 2 hours of Big Oil’s profits this Quarter alone.”

    I’m tempted to say that they’re not just whores but real cheap whores, but that would be horribly insulting to good honest sex workers.

  5. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    I think that you underestimate how bad Obama has been, and I’d bet that he will be worse when not facing re-election. The ‘Stormin’ Mormon’ might speed things up, a little, on the road to perdition, but that might even be to the good, with people no longer anaethetised by Obama’s Hopium and sitting around perpetually waiting for the ‘Godot’ of Obama actually doing something concrete.

  6. JudieV-c says:

    Mulga, nobody’s seriously buying your ridic conspiracy theory garbage, Mulga. Voting for the guy who promises to frack more, loosen regulationscompletely after JP chae mess, the guy who promises to protect the 1%, to go to war with Iran, the guy who pretend bashed weak measures for outsourcing who we now know outsources and his specialty is job cremator, the guy who touts in his ads he will build the dangerous anti-environment keystone pipeline is better than voting for the guy keeping the pipeline from being built. The GOP would’ve passed his jobs plan if he let them build keystone but nice try trying to pass off your ridiculous comment that “letting the fox guard the hen house is safer than letting the guard do it.” is valid. Nice try but we got you.
    As for 2nd terms, Myth says he doesn’t care about being re-elected so what’s to stop him from destroying the environment, especially when he says it in his own TV commerial tha he will build it himself. Nice try though but gotcha.

  7. Nancy says:

    Congress is out for themselves and their pocket books. Until people stop voting in or re-electing the schmucks that are the destroyers of everything clean and beautiful, we will never enjoy a good life w\clean air and water!