Oil And Gas Industry Offers Huge Payouts To Politicians Who Voted For The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline


MapLight, a nonpartisan research group that tracks money in politics, revealed that every member of the House of Representative who supported the Keystone XL oil pipeline received an average of $45,218 from the oil and gas industry.

207 representatives voted for the controversial pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries. Opponents say it would have serious impacts on the environment and increase the U.S.’s dependence on fossil fuels.

By comparison, those who voted against the pipeline received $3,559 from gas and oil special interest groups. 

MSN reported Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) took home the most money from the gas and oil industry, receiving more than $327,000. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) took home the most money out of all the Democrats, more than $112,000.

In the House of Representatives, only 29 Democrats voted for the pipeline and received an average of 13 times more money from the oil and gas industry than their counterparts who voted against it.

Senators who voted for the bill received even more money, about $250,000 for every person who voted in favor of the pipeline. The bill passed in the Senate 62-36, but President Obama has already promised he’ll veto the legislation. 

Sources: MapLight, MSN Image via klassensprecher930/Pixabay


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