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Big Polluters Pay to Write Bills Repealing Climate Laws

21 Jul 2011  |   Damien Shirley

Tags: Climate Change, General Environment, General Political

Big polluters—including Koch Industries, Exxon Mobil, BP and the American Petroleum Institute—have paid tens of thousands of dollars to write legislation for lawmakers that would repeal carbon pollution reduction programs in various states, according to Bloomberg News.

The corporations paid money to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which then allowed those corporations to "sit at the table with legislators and craft bills."

Bloomberg has unearthed documents showing that ExxonMobil donated nearly $40,000 to ALEC while the Koch Charitable Foundation donated more than $75,000. Both of those corporations (and others) helped draft legislation—which has been introduced in Oregon, New Hampshire, Washington and New Mexico—to remove those states from regional cap and trade programs.

For instance, the bill to remove New Hampshire from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative—which the New Hampshire legislature passed and Governor John Lynch vetoed—was written, in part, by ALEC.

ALEC counts nearly 2,000 state politicians and 300 companies and political advocacy groups as members; they have been crafting legislation since the 1990’s.

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