Courtesy of HuffPo:
The Democratic National Committee voted over the weekend to ban donations from fossil fuel companies, HuffPost has learned.
The resolution ― proposed by Christine Pelosi, a party activist, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s daughter ― bars the organization from accepting contributions from corporate political action committees tied to the oil, gas and coal industries. The executive committee voted unanimously to approve the motion.
“We talk about how climate change is real and climate change is a planetary emergency, what we need to do is stop taking money from the institutions that have created this crisis,” said RL Miller, president of the super PAC Climate Hawks Vote Political Action and a co-author of the resolution.
The DNC may consider a second resolution at a full board meeting in Chicago in August to ban contributions over $200 from individuals who work for the fossil fuel industry. Miller said the proposal ― which has not yet been submitted to the DNC ― will hopefully lead candidates to adopt similar policies.
“So if Eddie Exxon is your college buddy and a frat-boy friend of yours and he’s employed at an Exxon gas station and wishes to donate $25 to have a barbecue and a beer with you, fine,” Miller said. “But if Edward J. Exxon in Exxon’s middle management thinks you’re worth contributing $2,700 to out of his own salary, that is much more concerning to us.”
I am standing up and applauding this decision.
I think it is a great idea, that is long overdue.
However, it is also politically dangerous.
Already the fossil fuel companies give the lion’s share of their political donations to the Republicans because those guys have no problem with planetary rape.
Now they will not only give them all of the donations but increase the amount in order to stop the Democrats who are clearly not even remotely sympathetic to their industry.
This means that the renewable energy industry better start throwing money at the Democrats, as well as those of us who would like our grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have air to breathe and a planet on which to live.