Protect Planet by Strengthening Democracy
James Gustave Speth, dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, calls for the Fair Elections Now Act as a remedy to the special interest money from the energy industry pouring into campaign coffers. "The results have not been surprising: Congress has been slow to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase fuel efficiency standards, but happy to subsidize major contributors from oil, gas, coal, and corn ethanol companies...With industry dollars so heavily stacked against us, the challenge is huge. But policymakers have a new tool to make it a fair fight in the future: citizen funding for all federal elections. Right now, Congress is poised to consider The Fair Elections Now Act that was introduced last month by Dick Durbin and Arlen Specter in the Senate, and by John Larson and Walter Jones in the House."