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John Viacrucis, Published November 05 2010

Polluters bought the 2010 election

As we process the results of this year’s midterm elections, we can’t ignore the role played by special interests from oil and coal industries. In the past two years, these fossil fuel lobbies have spent more than $70 million on deceptive energy-related attack ads and $500 million to lobby Congress to block progress on climate and clean energy.

Many commentators and political pundits will now argue that action on climate and clean energy is too risky, given the election results. But they have it exactly backward – despite the fossil fuel lobby’s efforts to convince us otherwise, policies that will reduce global warming pollution and create millions of clean-energy jobs are supported by the vast majority of the American people.

Congress, the Obama administration and elected officials at all levels must recommit themselves to enacting bold solutions to our climate and energy challenges, including using the Clean Air Act to start reducing global-warming pollution. The stakes are too high for continued inaction.