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The Guardian: The Republicans who urged Trump to pull out of Paris deal are big oil darlings

Lists the twenty-two senators who wrote to Trump urging him to back out of the Paris accords, with a handy breakdown of how much each of them received from the coal, oil and gas industries in the last three election cycles.

I can't remember where I found the link (ETA: it was [tumblr.com profile] plaidadder), but the poster suggested that if your senator is one of the twenty-two, you let them know (politely etc. etc.) that you saw what they did there and are going to be holding them accountable.

Date: 2017-06-03 08:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] monanotlisa
Ah, quelle surprise...

Date: 2017-06-04 01:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] independence1776
As a Kentucky resident, my reaction to that was that it wasn't a surprise. Kentucky even has "I support coal" license plates. There is literally no way either Senator will care about my calling, especially McConnell. They won't be voted out of office unless there's an upstart Republican candidate in a primary, which is unlikely. They are utterly convinced that there is a War on Coal, regardless of the economic factors such as natural gas that go into closing coal mines.

Rand Paul especially seems to think that environmental regulations do nothing but hurt the economy. He gave a nod toward protecting the environment in his most recent email, but it was just that: a nod because it's not politic to ignore it completely. In the same email, he said, "I'm especially honored to have the Kentucky Coal Association's support in this effort!"

So no, I think the best way to focus on useful action in this state is at the local level. The state government is just as likely to agree with the Senators. It's going to be business interests here that get Republicans in office moving on climate change, with citizens second. They're too stuck in the "climate change is a partisan issue and bad science" mindset to care.
Edited (spelling) Date: 2017-06-04 01:56 am (UTC)


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