Republican Energy Bill Follows Massive Increase in Fossil Fuel Donations

Fossil fuel industry donors like Chevron poured $27 million into the super PAC that helped Republicans take control of the House in the midterms.

Republican Energy Bill Follows Massive Increase in Fossil Fuel Donations
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and ExxonMobil oil refineries in Louisiana

House Republicans demonstrated their support for the fossil fuel industry today by passing a package of legislation to weaken environmental protections and increase drilling on public lands that they have deemed H.R. 1, a symbolic bill number that is typically reserved for the top legislative priority of the party in control in each congressional session. 

The House vote, 225 to 204, came after House Republicans’ campaign efforts received a large sum of cash from donors in the fossil fuel industry, which is now strongly cheering the bill. The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), the highest-spending super PAC backing House Republicans that is endorsed by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, received at least $27 million during the 2022 election cycle from donors in the fossil fuel industry, according to a Sludge review of Federal Election Commission data—a threefold increase over the amount of fossil fuel money it received during the previous cycle.