From Thom Hartmann on the current climate emergency we all now face and now owe to a bunch of greedy sick twisted bought and paid for (cheaply I might add) by the fossil fuel industry, politicians, who have sold out not only us, but humans globally. Yes, those greedy bastards in congress, those two bit greedy fuck (who are all multi millionaires I might add) Republicans who aren’t actual servants of the people they represent, but in fact are paid for shills for the lobbies they really represent, who give them all the cash they need while in office, and guaranteed jobs after they finally leave or are replaced by the next bought and paid for shills in congress. Yes, these guys below, who’ve all taken an oath to the almighty dollar instead of the constitution which they despise.
The ten top recipients of fossil fuel money in Congress so far this year are:
Manchin, Joe (D-WV) $724,270
McCarthy, Kevin (R-CA) $396,284
Lankford, James (R-OK) $275,148
Pfluger, August (R-TX) $268,011
Kennedy, John (R-LA) $264,788
Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK) $249,808
Sinema, Kyrsten (D-AZ) $230,160
Fletcher, Lizzie (D-TX) $191,765
Cuellar, Henry (D-TX) $191,450
Scott, Tim (R-SC) $181,291
Scalise, Steve (R-LA) $181,263
Gonzales, Tony (R-TX) $174,461
Rubio, Marco (R-FL) $165,636
Amazing how little it costs to buy a member of Congress to keep your multi-billion-dollar-a-year profits flowing, isn’t it?
Here’s what opensecrets.org says are the top recipients through their careers:
Romney, Mitt (R-UT) $8,291,262
Cornyn, John (R-TX) $4,678,062
Cruz, Ted (R-TX) $4,138,421
McCain, John (R-AZ) $3,766,042
McConnell, Mitch (R-KY) $2,852,107
McCarthy, Kevin (R-CA) $2,581,832
Obama, Barack (D) $2,361,861
Hutchison, Kay Bailey (R-TX) $2,332,021
Inhofe, James M (R-OK) $2,320,139
Pearce, Steve (R-NM) $2,236,714
Barton, Joe (R-TX) $2,211,987
Brady, Kevin (R-TX) $2,087,396
Gardner, Cory (R-CO) $2,048,152
Gramm, Phil (R-TX) $1,858,679
Scalise, Steve (R-LA) $1,847,013
Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK) $1,792,602
According to Hartmann: Americans are dying because these paid-off shills have either failed to act or actively blocked any meaningful change in our nation’s climate policy. They have blood on their hands, with more to come as every year brings more severe floods, storms, and drought.
This is what Republicans are doing to everyone on this planet. It is also the fossil fuel industry that is responsible for buying (cheaply I might add) these two bit hacks who could hardly spell government much less understand what it is, and allowing them to destroy this planet and the people on it all in the name of making more money than they’d ever know what to do with in their lifetimes or that of their kids, kids, kids lifetimes.
Hartmann has some ideas for solutions here:
If America is to reclaim its position as a leader and role model for the world and stop the disastrous new climate “normal” we’re now entering from becoming radically more severe, we must get our use of fossil fuels under control.
That means ostracizing elected officials in the pocket of the industry, rolling back Citizens United so Big Oil and Coal can’t continue to bribe members of Congress, and throwing significant subsidies into greening our energy and transportation systems.
He then shows a video that he and Leonardo DiCaprio put together. Give it a look, its only 10 minutes of your time.