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  Political Influence 

Besides direct payments (see Subsides), what else do pollution-oriented companies want from governments? 

 

  •  “Real estate developers and the...gas industry” don't want local building codes going electric. 

  •  “Some state governments...demanded that utilities switch away from coal...[some] demand the opposite!” 

  •  Off the coast of Massachusetts, a wind turbine project was planned, but "'a very small group of people, with more   money than most of us can possibly imagine...decided...that they didn't want it there'." 

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        Fossil fuel companies pay state taxes, and some have become "dependent" on this revenue. 

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 Agri-businesses know how to work the political system: 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 At the national level, there are multiple examples political influence

  •  “There is no...standard protecting [workers]...from heat.”  “OSHA...has ignored...recommendations". 

  •  Joe Manchin has “more...money invested in dirty energy than any other Senator.” 

  •  "Koch...joined...with Enron, BP, Mobil...to prohibit [govt]...policing of oil and gas derivatives." 

  •  “Exxon...[is trying] to head-off...regulations on plastic...discreetly seeking to influence legislation.” 

  •  Monsanto makes pesticides that destroy bee colonies:  “lobbyists...successfully killed...restrictions.” 


 

  •  “Businesses [guilty of] environmental offenses [got] up to $32 million in [pandemic relief] money.” 

  •  The "factory farm model...is allowed to evade a lot of regulations.” 

  •  “The industry...has slammed efforts by politicians...aimed at reducing meat consumption.” 

  •  “John Thune [&] Kyrsten Sinema...filed legislation [to ban]...livestock emission permits.” 

 Boycott 

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