Oil money out! Tell the DNC not to fuel elections with dirty fossil fuel money

  • Published on August 14th, 2018

You remember two months ago when the DNC announced a ban on donations from fossil fuel money PACs and we celebrated a BFD? Late Friday, the DNC abruptly reversed course.

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By RL Miller
Climate Hawks Vote

Right now, I am a seething ball of rage.

Tell the DNC: Stop taking money from the fossil fuel industry!

It seems obvious, doesn’t it? The party’s platform says all the right things on climate change: it’s a planetary crisis demanding we “use every tool available to reduce emissions now.” So the party shouldn’t be taking money from the fossil fuel corporations whose products worsen the climate crisis. And in June the DNC listened, by passing a resolution I co-authored with a DNC friend. But labor objected.

Late yesterday the DNC’s executive committee passed the resolution welcoming contributions from the fossil fuel industry’s workers, whether individual, through union PACs, or through “employer PACs,” on a 30-2 vote. To make matters worse, the resolution resurrects the circa-2012 language favoring an “all of the above” energy policy. I worked with my DNC friend to simply delete the phrase “employer PACs,” but her motion was defeated on a vote of 28 to 4.

To be clear, there is no such thing as an employer PAC. The DNC’s resolution means that as long as Exxon has a Democrat employed anywhere in its workforce, Exxon’s corporate PAC money will be welcomed. The DNC was simply too spineless to use the honest label “corporate PACs” and instead invented “employer PACs.”

The climate movement supports workers in a just transition from the fossil fuel industry to a clean energy economy. But it’s time to stop pretending that the oil, gas, and coal industries need never change — and we certainly don’t need the DNC taking their corporate PAC money and slowing down the transition.

They’re meeting in Chicago August 23-25. Raise your voice. Tell them to just say NO to fossil fuel money.

Sign the petition. Stop taking money from the fossil fuel industry.

About the Author

The chair of the Democratic Environmental Caucus, RL Miller also runs Climate Hawks Vote, which backs candidates for office who are serious about taking action on climate change. http://climatehawksvote.com/