Last week, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse introduced a legislative amendment to confront the growing problem of climate change by shifting the price already being paid for carbon dioxide pollution. Right now, individual citizens, governmental agencies and small businesses are dealing with increasing financial burdens that come from the extreme weather events made more common and more intense by climate change. The Whitehouse amendment would have placed that financial burden where it begins: With the polluting corporations that are releasing the carbon dioxide pollution that causes climate change in the first place.
Alas, the Whitehouse amendment did not pass a vote in the Senate. Every Republican voted against it, but the problem isn’t just with the Republicans. 13 Democratic U.S. Senators joined the GOP to vote against this climate action legislation.
Among them was Max Baucus, U.S. Senator from Montana, a state where, because of global warming, all the glaciers in Glacier National Park are melting away. Senator Baucus ought to know how serious climate change has become, so why did Senator Baucus vote against Senator Whitehouse’s legislation to create a restraint on carbon dioxide pollution?
For an answer, look to the where Max Baucus gets the money to maintain his political machine. Senator Baucus has taken over $375,000.00 from the oil and gas industry, which currently gets away with not paying the price for the damage it creates through massive carbon dioxide pollution. Senator Baucus has also taken almost $600,000.00 from energy utility corporations, which make bigger profits by avoiding their financial responsibility for climate change.