Money in Politics

Money in Politics

Oil and gas industry influence on the political process

How is the oil and gas industry able to rig the system and leave taxpayers with such a bad deal? Follow the money.

In just the most recent election cycle, companies and individuals in the oil and gas industry spent more than $100 million supporting candidates for federal office. These donations have been made to candidates, parties and outside groups, such as PACs. Since 2009, industry interests spent more than $1 billion lobbying Congress.

Oil and gas interests are getting what they paid for. Industry lobbyists have been appointed to manage America’s public lands and waters and Congress has voted to roll back protections for clean air and clean water.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has repeatedly said the agency will be a “partner” with industry. At the request of the oil and gas industry, the agency has refused to implement rules designed to reduce methane waste from drilling operations on public lands and has moved to eliminate rules to improve the safety of hydraulic fracturing on public lands. We’ve even seen the Interior Department move to eliminate some of America’s treasured national monuments.

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BLOG: Are Industry Interests Behind President Trump’s Attack on National Monuments?

On April 26, President Donald Trump launched an attack on national parks, public lands, and waters.

Author: Center for American Progress

BLOG: Trump took the first steps to make it easier for frackers to pollute on public lands

A court filing this week begins the process of revoking and redoing a 2015 rule.

Author: ThinkProgress

BLOG: Congress’ repeal of Obama methane rule will cost taxpayers hundreds of millions

Repealing the methane rule will waste $330 million in taxpayer-owned natural gas and cost.

Author: ThinkProgress

BLOG: The Ryan Zinke Just Stood Up

After a few short months on the job, it’s clear the Interior Secretary is on a mission to devastate America’s public lands.

Author: Center for Western Priorities

BLOG: What can a hundred million dollars in campaign contributions buy oil companies?

The effort to kill the BLM methane waste rule will show us.

Author: Center for Western Priorities

BLOG: Oil and gas companies spend big to defeat safety measures in Colorado

Here’s how much Anadarko and Noble have invested in legislators and PR firms.

Author: Center for Western Priorities

BLOG: Trump campaign suggests appointing oil executive to protect national parks and public lands

The Lucas Oil president isn’t the only oil exec rumored to be in the running for a cabinet post.

Author: ThinkProgress

BLOG: Trump wants this oil lobbyist to watch over public land and water — and his former clients

Bernhardt was the head of President Trump’s transition team at Interior, and now he’s angling for a position that would put him in charge of some of the most high-profile decisions made by the agency over the coming years.

Author: Center for Western Priorities


BLOG: Trump’s Interior team is great for fossil fuels, terrible for the environment

As the Trump transition shifts into high gear, things are not looking good for the Department of the Interior, which means things are not looking good for the environment.

Author: ThinkProgress

BLOG: Trump adviser promises a return to ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’

Opening more lands won’t significantly increase revenues, but could put sensitive habitats, human health, and the recreation business at risk.

Author: ThinkProgress

BLOG: The Trump Administration Just Gave the Oil and Gas Industry Another Present

The Trump administration announced another decision catering to the fossil fuel industry.

Author: The Wilderness Society

BLOG: How Trump is Stacking The Deck for the Fossil Fuel Industry

An under the radar Executive Order from the Trump administration is going back behind closed doors and it could have significant implications for our public lands.

Author: The Wilderness Society

BLOG: Using Trump Playbook, Chamber Of Commerce Invents Absurd Fossil Fuel Claims

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched an attack on Hillary Clinton that aims to stoke fear in western states that the candidate intends to fully halt the production of all oil, gas, and coal on federal lands and waters. 

Author: ThinkProgress

REPORT: Not in Their Wildest Dreams. The Trump administration is granting energy industry wishes at a breakneck pace.

The Trump administration and their allies in Congress have acted on at least 22 policy changes supported by energy companies and associations.

Author: Center for Western Priorities