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Dirty Energy Money

Challenging dirty energy's dominance of our democracy

Dirty Energy Money is an interactive tool that tracks the flow of oil, gas and coal industry contributions to the US Congress.

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Spotlight on Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)

$1,141,133 in Dirty Energy Money since 1999

Upton’s position on climate change seems to have changed since he started receiving large amounts of Dirty Energy Money. This about face has seen him make completely opposing statements on the issue within the space of 20 months: From April 2009 when he stated that “Climate change is a serious problem that necessitates serious solutions” to December 2010 when he said he was “not convinced” that “carbon is a problem in need of regulation.”

This change seems to have coincided with a remarkable increase in Upton’s contributions from oil and coal companies. From 1999 to 2006, Upton’s dirty energy company contributions averaged less than $20,000 per year. But then from 2009 to the end of 2010, dirty energy companies plied Upton with nearly $230,000, including $20,000 from Koch Industries. In the last election, Upton vied for and won chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he now plays a powerful role in undermining America’s clean energy future. In April 2011, he sponsored the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, which seeks to amend the Clean Air Act in order to prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. The bill passed the House and now goes on to the Senate although the White House has warned that the president will veto any such legislation that reaches his desk.

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