These 22 Republican Senators Got Paid By Exxon To Urge Trump To Ditch Paris Climate Accords
According to the New York Times, twenty-two Republican senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, sent a letter to President Trump in May urging him to withdraw from the Paris Climate accord. Now, the reason behind their letter has been revealed.
The 22 Republicans who were behind the push to get President Trump to leave the Paris climate agreement received large sums of money from oil giant ExxonMobil, the website Open Secrets revealed.
ExxonMobil was one of the chief opponents of the Clean Power Plan, with then-CEO Rex Tillerson, who is now Trump’s Secretary of State, blasting the proposal in a 2015 speech.
Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), who has received $1.8 million from the oil and gas industry throughout his career, led the coalition of Republicans who co-signed the letter, which calls on Trump to exit the climate accords so he can successfully repeal the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.
“A key risk to fulfilling this objective is remaining in the Paris Agreement. Because of existing provisions within the Clean Air Act and others embedded in the Paris Agreement, remaining in it would subject the United States to significant litigation risk that could upend your administration’s ability to fulfill its goal of rescinding the Clean Power Plan,” the letter reads. “Accordingly, we strongly encourage you to make a clean break from the Paris Agreement.”
Here’s how much all of the letter’s co-signers received from the industry, ranging from $184,250 for Senator David Perdue (R-Georgia) to more than $3 million for Texas Senator John Cornyn.
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky): $1,975,245
Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas): $3,031,956
Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho): $440,937
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas): $2,484,520
Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming): $728,766
Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri): $1,143,574
Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming): $513,733
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah): $772,179
Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah): $281,620
Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky): $286,465
Senator David Perdue (R-Georgia): $184,250
Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho): $209,900
Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas): $817,150
Senator Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota): $204,900
Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina): $523,276
Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama): $532,846
Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama): (NO DATA AVAILABLE)
Senator Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina): $263,400
Senator John Boozman (R-Arkansas): $281,352
Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi): $462,890
Take note, and vote them out!
H/T: Resistance Report.