Saturday, March 22, 2014

#Up4Climate was your Senator or in bed with the oil industry?

Saturday, March 22, 2014
But probably impossible to tell someone that each can find sitting U.S. Senator - in the climate justice or environmental community Republican or Democrat - a proper leading role on the issue of global warming, 28 Democrats (and two independent) were anchoring soft applause for their overnight efforts Monday in Tuesday as they withdrew all night session focused exclusively on climate change.

Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) reads excerpts from the Lorax yesterday during an all night session on climate change.

The most striking element, the separation of those involved and those who stayed home: the volume of the fossil fuels industry campaign contributions. The numbers support those long, is the real villain in the fight against climate change fossil fuel industry, which uses said its deep pockets, to control the debate in Washington, industry-friendly politicians to finance and to fund climate denial in the American population.

"It is an absolute tragedy that deny climate nor an acceptable political position to some in Washington," said Jason Kowalski, policy Director for, "but I think it's a sign of the times that more than a quarter of the Senate on the side with the people about the" polluter pays "tonight is ready."

The message is a simple Hawaiian newbie Senator Brian Schatz, a Democrat who organized the event, said: "We do not rest until the Congress on the pressing issue of our time is."

More publicity stunt as a legislative maneuver that kept participating Senators talk about the implications of global warming for future generations and the economic cost of inaction. She warned colleagues history they hard would set on the other side of the aisle for their persistent denial despite overwhelming scientific consensus about the warming of the planet.

Many prominent Democrats, especially those with upcoming re-election campaigns or from States with strong connections to the fossil fuel industry were staying the night procedures. Guardian this no-show included noted: "Senator Mark Begich of Alaska and Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who represent oil-rich States. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, who is re-elected this year also sitting out this time."

The Huffington Post's Paul Blumenthal looked significantly, campaign records for the 30 senators who joined the effort when compared to the 70 who sat out and reports:

According to data from the Center for responsive politics $56.269 by oil and gas industry have each of the 30 participating Senators executives, employees and political action committees on average since 2006. The 70 Senators involved not raised an average of $289.544 in the same period.

One reason for the stark difference campaign cash from the oil and gas industry is that she financed primarily Republican politicians. Since 1996 the industry more than 75 percent spent donations to Republican his campaign the.

None of the 45 other Republican senators are participating Monday's climate action. Since 2006 everyone has raised average these GOP Senators $386.077 from oil and gas interests far more than the average of Democratic senators. The all-night session includes two independent senators, the pictures with the Democrats.

There is also a significant gap between Senators, participating in climate protection and the Democratic senators who are not.

Since 2006, the 25 will certify an average of $115.784, raised twice as much as the average of the 30 participating Senators Democratic senators. Many certified Democratic senators from States where oil and gas is produced.

The following Senators however participated: Harry Reid (D Nevada), Dick Durbin (D - IL), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Patty Murray (D Wash), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Sheldon Whitehouse (D R.I.), Barbara Boxer, (D California), Dianne Feinstein (D California), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon/United States), Bill Nelson (D Florida), Maria Cantwell (D Wash), Benjamin Cardin (D - MD), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Amy Klobuchar (D Minn.), Mark Udall (D Colorado), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon/United States), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Al Franken (D Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D - CT), Chris Murphy (D - CT), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Angus King (I-Maine), Tim Kaine (D - VA), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Chris Coons (D del.), Jack Reed (D R.I.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

The Huffington Post and the guardian live blogged about parts of the night and Twitter follows instructions and popular reactions over the Web with the #Up4Climate:

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