Senate Republicans Vote To Cover Up Payments To Politicians From Big Oil Corporations
Have you ever wondered why it’s taken so long for clean, renewable energy sources to get a toehold in the United States, when they’ve been economically successful elsewhere in the world for a long time? It isn’t because of free market dynamics. It’s because companies that profit from selling crude oil, coal, and fossil fuel gas have used their wealth to control the American political process.
Yesterday in the U.S. Senate, America had an opportunity for a Groundhog’s Day moment on this issue. The dirty truth about Big Oil money in American politics could have finally come to the surface, to be confronted by its long, dark shadow.
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse introduced legislation, Senate Amendment 3125, that would have required companies that bring in over one million dollars per year from the sale of fossil fuels to come clean, and make public information about the payments they make to politicians and political interest groups.
Unfortunately, the Republicans in the U.S. Senate didn’t want the truth to come out. Not one single senate Republican voted in favor of the Whitehouse amendment. They killed the legislation, voting to maintain the coverup of payoffs to politicians from dirty fossil fuel corporations.
They want the dirty money to keep flowing, to keep them in power. Without it, would the Republicans be able to maintain their grip on Capitol Hill?