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Republican Senators Who Urged Trump To Ditch Paris Deal Took Over $10 Million From Big Oil

President Trump‘s decision to withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement sparked a fierce backlash that continues to grow even today. The controversial move, however, didn’t come as much of a surprise to most people given that Trump’s stated views on the subject resembles the GOP establishment.

But just as Trump’s views on climate change are no secret, so is the influence of the oil, gas, and coal industries over the GOP. That influence was once again made apparent when 22 Republican senators signed a letter to Trump urging him to withdraw from the agreement. The senators, whose names include Texas’ John Cornyn, Oklahoma’s James Inhofe and Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, and Rand Paul, have been bought out by fossil fuel interests to the tune of over $10 million.

“We strongly encourage you to make a clean break from the Paris Agreement,” read the letter co-drafted by Inhofe, who once brought a snowball to the Senate floor as proof against climate change.

As reported by The Guardian:

“Donations from oil, gas and coal interests to the signatories of the letter are Open Secrets that seemed ready for a new review. A Guardian survey of Federal Elections Commission data organized by the Center for Responsive Politics found that the industries gave a total of $10,694,284 to the 22 senators over the past three election cycles.

Visible donations to Republicans from those industries exceeded donations to Democrats in the 2016 election cycle by a ratio of 15-to-1, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. And that does not include so-called dark money passed from oil interests such as Koch industries to general slush funds to re-elect Republicans such as the Senate leadership fund.”

Here’s a breakdown of donations to GOP senators from the oil, gas, and coal industries from the past three election cycles, via the Guardian:

Mitch McConnell, Kentucky
Oil & gas: $1,180,384
Coal: $361,700
Total: $1,542,084

John Cornyn, Texas
Oil & gas: $1,101,456
Coal: $33,050
Total: $1,134,506

Ted Cruz, Texas
Oil & gas: $2,465,910
Coal: $103,900
Total: $2,569,810

James Inhofe, Oklahoma
Oil & gas: $465,950
Coal: $63,600
Total: $529,550

John Barrasso, Wyoming
Oil & gas: $458,466
Coal: $127,356
Total: $585,822

Tim Scott, South Carolina
Oil & gas: $490,076
Coal: $58,200
Total: $548,276

Roy Blunt, Missouri
Oil & gas: $353,864
Coal: $96,000
Total: $449,864

Orrin Hatch, Utah
Oil & gas: $446,250
Coal: $25,000
Total: $471,250

Roger Wicker, Mississippi
Oil & gas: $198,816
Coal: $25,376
Total: $224,192

Michael Enzi, Wyoming
Oil & gas: $211,083
Coal: $63,300
Total: $274,383

Mike Crapo, Idaho
Oil & gas: $110,250
Coal: $26,756
Total: $137,006

Jim Risch, Idaho
Oil & gas: $123,850
Coal: $25,680
Total: $149,530

Thad Cochran, Mississippi
Oil & gas: $276,905
Coal: $15,000
Total: $291,905

Mike Rounds, South Dakota
Oil & gas: $201,900
Coal: none
Total: $201,900

Rand Paul, Kentucky
Oil & gas: $170,215
Coal: $82,571
Total: $252,786

John Boozman, Arkansas
Oil & gas: $147,930
Coal: $2,000
Total: $149,930

Richard Shelby, Alabama
Oil & gas: $60,150
Coal: $2,500
Total: $62,650

Mike Lee, Utah
Oil & gas: $231,520
Coal: $21,895
Total: $253,415

David Perdue, Georgia
Oil & gas: $184,250
Coal: $0
Total: $184,250

Pat Roberts, Kansas
Oil & gas: $388,950
Coal: $28,825
Total: $417,775

Thom Tillis, North Carolina
Oil & gas: $263,400
Coal: $0
Total: $263,400

Grand total: $10,694,284

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