Oil industry drops clean fuels ballot but preps for election season
This could mean that the oil industry is simply not willing to give up, but their past history shows a different strategy. Over the last 3 elections, fossil fuel companies have put nearly $8 million into Oregon. The numbers for the first quarter of 2016 are still being finalized, but oil industry PACs have already put together tens of thousands of dollars in preparation for this year’s election.
Oregon preps to finally curb pollution, here’s how the oil industry will fight it
"...all this money and influence seems to be in an effort to gum up the state’s political process and delay Oregon’s transition to cleaner energy sources."
Oil and coal's $20 million campaign for influence in the Northwest
Through a web of direct donations, PAC contributions, and lobbying expenditures, fossil fuel interests have sought to block, delay and roll back popular protections for clean air and the environment.
Oil's California playbook: the arguments you should expect
Here in the Northwest, we’ve recently passed impressive climate legislation of our own. Both states’ look poised to put a price on pollution. But make no mistake; the oil industry will do everything they can to stop it.
Shell’s Rig is Headed to Portland
Oregon has public money tied up in pending local coal and oil projects
We don’t know how much influence these investments play into approving these projects. Yet funds for firefighters, schoolteachers and government employees (even members of the OIC) were all invested in projects that needed state approval.
Fossil Fuels threw $2 million into Oregon in 2014
As the most recent election-cycle spending figures show, coal, oil, and gas companies routinely make multi-million dollar bets that they can stand in the way of progress. And while the political landscape in Oregon looks favorable for action on key environmental issues at the moment, we can be certain that the fossil fuel industry will play politics with big money.