Dems’ Climate Plan Takes Aim At The Fossil Industry’s Political Power

"A three-part plan aims to expose the industry’s efforts to conceal the scale of the climate crisis, reform laws and sway support"

"Senate Democrats are set to release a 200-page plan arguing that significant US climate action will require stripping the fossil fuel industry of its influence over the government and the public’s understanding of the crisis.

“It’s important for the public to understand that this is not a failure of American democracy that’s causing this,” said Sheldon Whitehouse, a Senate Democrat from Rhode Island. “It is a very specific and successful attack on American democracy by an industry with truly massive financial motivation to corrupt democratic institutions.”

A 16-page chapter of the report titled Dark Money lays out how “giant fossil fuel corporations have spent billions – much of it anonymized through scores of front groups – during a decades-long campaign to attack climate science and obstruct climate action”."

Emily Holden reports for the Guardian August 24, 2020.


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Source: Guardian, 08/25/2020