Exxon Mobil used to say that it stopped funding fringe groups and "unthinking tanks" that denied the overwhelming evidence behind global warming and pushed out thousands of non-credible, non-sourced, industry-funded and unscientific research to raise doubts about climate change.
But whoops! New evidence has appeared that Exxon is in fact dumping money into these "research institutes."
With the Federal government shut down by back to back record breaking blizzards, members of Congress are huddled at home, wandering the internet, perhaps looking for a match made in heaven. Across town in the K Street frat houses, hoards of hungry lobbyists, unable to pursue their desired prey on foot, also resort to the internet, looking for love.
This week the inimitable Raw Story released some terrific investigative reporting about how big corporations have spent the past several years funneling money to their trade associations so they can dump their corporate profits into influencing our elections:
PolluterWatch Director Kert Davies sent a letter to Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) urging him to release information about any conversations he may have had with lobbying firms or other potential employers regarding a job once he retires from the Senate early next year. In the letter Davies also calls on Dorgan to state unequivocally that he will refrain from engaging prospective employers and focus solely on his work as a Senator throughout the remainder of his term.
Senator Byron Dorgan
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-3405
Well she did it! Lisa Murkowski finally got the "Holmstead-Martella Dirty Air Act" introduced. She brought it to the floor yesterday despite the wave of negative attention she's received over the past week from the media, environmental groups and ethics watchdogs for allowing dirty industry lobbyists to write legislation for her while at the same time directing their clients to contribute $50,000 to her campaign fund.