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Fossil Fuel Ad Campaigns Emphasize ‘Positives’ After Climate Denial Lands Industry in Hot Seat

Fossil fuel companies and astroturf industry groups are retooling their messaging to avoid accusations of climate science denial.

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Presidential Candidates Get Cash From Major Fossil Fuel Investors

Upper-level employees and executives at 14 hedge funds and private equity firms that are propping up the oil and gas industry have made large contributions to eight Democratic White House hopefuls, most who have taken the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge.

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Joe Biden Has Multiple Ties to Liquefied Natural Gas Pioneer Cheniere Energy

Biden’s Sep. 5 fundraiser, co-hosted by natural gas company co-founder Andrew Goldman, brings into focus his several connections to the natural gas giant.

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Dems Skirt ‘No Fossil Fuel Money’ Pledge as Trump Rakes in Oil and Gas Donations

Despite almost all Democratic candidates signing onto the No Fossil Fuel Pledge, oil and gas executives and lobbyists, and other executives with clear interests tied to fossil fuel companies, are finding ways to give money to candidates.

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DSCC Raked In Cash From Health Care and Fossil Fuel Lobbyists Before Endorsing Hickenlooper

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is intervening in Colorado’s crowded Senate primary to boost a candidate who opposes Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.

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These Companies Promised to Be Socially Responsible, But They Are Pushing ALEC’s Right-Wing Agenda

Just days before their CEOs pledged to work for all Americans, a dozen major corporations sent lobbyist to ALEC’s annual retreat to work in secret with lawmakers on bills to promote fossil fuels and bust unions.

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Burning Man’s ‘Radical Inclusion’ Makes Room for Weapons Lobbyists

One of Burning Man’s new lobbyists is a former Trump campaign staffer who organized efforts to defend Trump’s Muslim ban.

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Leader of Centrist Climate Caucus Has Millions Invested in Oil and Gas Companies

Rep. Rooney, who is reviving the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, favors a carbon tax plan that mirrors a proposal put forth by the fossil fuel industry.