Executives from BP Plc (BP.L) and two other companies were appearing before two Senate committees on Tuesday for grillings about the gushing BP oil well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.
Thirty-two of the 40 Democrats and Republicans who sit on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committee have collected millions of dollars from BP or other oil and gas interests during election campaigns dating to 1990, public records show.
BP interests alone — including the oil giant’s political action committee and associated individuals — contributed nearly $320,000 to lawmakers who are now scrutinizing the company’s actions. That works out to $10,000 per senator.
Lawmakers who count oil and gas interests as major donors collected $5.9 million from the industry as a whole in just the past five years, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
The sum includes $2.4 million in industry donations to Republican John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid.
About 80 percent of the industry total went to 14 Republicans. The remaining one-fifth was collected by seven Democrats.
That means oil and gas interests spent $170,000 on each Democrat who accepted major contributions in the past five years, and more than $336,000 per Republican….
As long as we drive cars and shop at box stores, oil will be sought after. As long as oil is sought after miles under the ocean in these high-risk escapades, accidents and spills will occur. As long as these accidents occur, ecosystems and our health will inextricably suffer. The more we suffer the sicker we, including ecosystems, will get. The sicker we get the sooner we die. It’s about time for us oil junkies to abstain. Abstinence leads to withdrawal, which requires serious shifts in lifestyle. Some may not tolerate it. This shift will be either voluntary or involuntary because it is inevitable. For those of us who wish to remain blissfully ignorant: Wake up, moron!
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