Backed By $20 Million From Coal, House Members Approve Polluter Giveaway

In the House of Representatives’ final act before its two-month vacation, House Republicans approved 233-175 a pro-coal package on Friday that dismantles or delays an array of public health protections. H.R. 4309 may be named for the fictitious “war on coal,” but it rolls back protections in the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts, blocking EPA carbon pollution standards and fuel efficiency standards.

In a year where fossil fuel groups have pledged to spend hundreds of millions of dollars, the House GOP’s last act before November is a symbolic gesture for coal, that risks Americans’ health and even the coal industry itself.

Over their careers, the 233 members who voted for the Big Coal package have received more than $20 million over their careers from coal — according to an analysis of data and additional analysis by Oil Change International. The 175 members who voted against undermining public health have just $8 million in career coal contributions. In just the 2012 cycle, the Big Coal votes have taken $4.5 million more than those voting against the bill.

Like today’s vote, campaign contributions from the coal and coal-dependent utilities industries break clearly across partisan lines: House Republicans have raised almost $20 million from coal and utilities industries, double the $10.2 million by Democrats. Coal mining companies alone have contributed $4.4 million to House Republicans over their careers, nearly five times the amount to Democratic members.

* Based on data from with additional analysis by Oil Change International. Oil Change International has purchased, analyzed, and refined this data from the Center for Responsive Politics.


6 Responses to Backed By $20 Million From Coal, House Members Approve Polluter Giveaway

  1. Ozonator says:

    Extremist Republicans and Christians in Congress and Extreme Court will not be behind local, legal terrorists. “Repeatedly downplayed the public’s risks”, “DEQ spokesman mishandled Braithwaite chemical spill and should be fired, activists say” (By Richard A. Webster, the Times-Picayune;, 9/19/12). More for EssoKochs and rebates to BP’s oil spill, “Louisiana has $130M left over from last year” (AP;, 9/20/12).

  2. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    233 members bought to destroy the health of others and the future of their own spawn, for $20 million. Cheap as well as nasty.

  3. Paul Hoover says:

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  4. Chris Winter says:

    Big Oil backs Romney campaign: USA Today (8/29/2012)

    “Meanwhile NPR looked at the campaigns in the MidWest, and saw Romney and the coal industry, working as one, and, of course, rigorously avoiding any mention of coal and climate…”

  5. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Careers depend on such discretion.

  6. Anne van der Bom says:

    Why not put laws up on ebay?