Thursday, February 26, 2009

Climate Change Lobbies

The Center for Public Integrity shows what sound climate change policy is up against.
...while the Obama team readies to take on the global warming challenge, the special interests that seek to derail, blunt, or tailor any new climate policy to their narrow agendas have already gathered in staggering numbers. A Center for Public Integrity analysis of Senate lobbying disclosure forms shows that more than 770 companies and interest groups hired an estimated 2,340 lobbyists to influence federal policy on climate change in the past year, as the issue gathered momentum and came to a vote on Capitol Hill. That’s an increase of more than 300 percent in the number of lobbyists on climate change in just five years, and means that Washington can now boast more than four climate lobbyists for every member of Congress. It also means that 15 percent of all Washington lobbyists spent at least some of their time on global warming in 2008, based on a tally of the total number of influence-peddlers on Capitol Hill by the Center for Responsive Politics.
They know. With serious climate change people now holding most of the main environmental and energy related positions in the Obama administration, and with an environmental policy network in DC that knows climate policy is finally going somewhere, corporate lobbying is manning the ramparts. This is going to be bloody.

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