The money issue just won’t go away as Election Day nears. This time the news is coming from across the pond.
The latest twist is a report by the Climate Action Network Europe (CAN Europe) that the organization says shows, “polluting European companies are funding climate legislation blockers in U.S. politics.” The report is said to have used publicly available information from opensecrets.org.
The Guardian has done some analysis of the report and found that, “nearly 80 percent of campaign donations from a number of major European firms were directed towards senators who blocked action on climate change.”
CAN Europe also points out that these companies are essentially fighting the climate war in America so they don’t have to fight it at home. “Their overseas support is all the more galling because the same companies argue that additional emissions reductions in Europe cannot be pursued until the United States takes action,” reads a statement the CAN Europe website.
Politico’s Morning Energy blog lists the biggest donors as “BP, Lafarge, GDF-SUEZ, EON, BASF, Bayer, SOLVAY and Arcelor-Mittal. The eight firms combine to represent between 5 and 10 percent of the total CO2 emissions covered by the EU trading system.”
As for who is getting the most money, it appears that Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, who is also chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, leads the way with a total of $47,500 from several of the eight aforementioned companies.
Then there is Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski, who happens to be the most powerful Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Her campaign received $16,000 from those companies.
Murkowski is followed by Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) with $13,000 in donations, John Cornyn (R-Texas) who received $11,000 and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), who each received $10,000. The full report can be seen at the CAN Europe website. In all, it finds that $240,200 of the $306,000 spent on Senate elections this cycle on behalf of these European companies was spent on anti- climate senators.