A Cleaner Earth Starts With Cleaner Elections
Guy Speth, noted environmentalist and Americans for Campaign Reform board member, discusses the importance of passing the Fair Elections Now Act in the context of the environment. "The energy industry, including oil and gas, electric utilities, mining, and waste management, contributed an astonishing $455 million to candidates for the House and Senate between 1990 and 2006. Members of the Senate and House received an average of $161,423 and $43,658 respectively in just the first seven months of 2008. To put this in perspective, the energy industry contributed 20 times more than environmental groups between 1990 and 2008. "Is it any surprise that Congress has been unable to shape a sound national energy policy based on scientific evidence and the needs of all our people, not just the monied interests?" Click here to read the full article.