$2 billion for something that doesn’t exist?

That’s how much electrical utilities, coal, oil and transportation have spent lobbying Congress against regulation of carbon emissions (aka climate change legislation) between 2000 and 2016.(3)

In my humble opinion, if they can afford to waste money that way, they’re not paying enough in taxes.

“All contributions by corporations to any political committee or for any political purpose should be forbidden by law,” said [President Theodore] Roosevelt in the first years of the 20th century, when he was also proposing public financing of federal election.(1)

There’s no question that business involvement in politics has created evils affecting the welfare and health of every American. There’s also no question that current members of the Republican Party have no clue as to what the leading thinkers of that Party said.


  1. https://www.thenation.com/article/teddy-roosevelt-was-right-ban-all-corporate-contributions/
  2. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180718223101.htm
  3. Robert J. Brulle. The climate lobby: a sectoral analysis of lobbying spending on climate change in the USA, 2000 to 2016. Climatic Change, 2018; DOI: 10.1007/s10584-018-2241-z


  1. The world is currently undergoing a huge plastic pollution crisis. How’s about this money being diverted to clearing up this problem – it would be much better spent and would be doing us all a great favour.


    • No argument with that. Lobbying is an industry that shouldn’t exist. However, in a week in which the trumpists are working to gut the Endangered Species Act, the idea that they would divert money toward solving plastic pollution — well, not likely.


      • Under this current administration not a hope in hell. Any existing environmental problem – probably only likely to get worse until the Idiot-in-Chief is hopefully impeached.


  2. Polluters think the public is stupid. They must, since they keep lying to us through their proxies about global warming being a hoax. To lie is to assume the persons being lied to are stupid, too much so to do basic research to see what is really going on. It is an insult to the intelligence. The fact is, if climate change weren’t real, polluters wouldn’t be spending so much money trying to convince us it isn’t.


  3. I basically agree, but unfortunately, a large portion of the American public is unwilling to do their homework and is listening to the claims. Willful ignorance to me is worse than simple stupidity.

    The standard argument against climate change makes no sense. Saying that what we’re seeing is part of a normal geologic process doesn’t make warming any less harmful, or remove any responsibility for taking whatever action we can, lest humans go the way of dinosaurs.

    What we’re seeing in the current administration is a convenient link between greed and religious fundamentalism — “it’s OK to do whatever we want because the great sky daddy will fix it.” That’s a lie on a number of levels. [The slang for the popular perception of “God” comes from a friend who teaches Tai Chi in Philly.]


  4. By the way, thanks for reading this. I don’t get that many comments on my writing. If you run back through the blog roster, I suspect you’ll find other things you like.


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