Special to WorldTribune.com
Hillary Clinton blew a gasket recently when a Greenpeace activist challenged the Democratic front-runner on her insatiable taste for campaign cash from major fossil fuel companies.
At a March 31 rally on the State University of New York at Purchase campus, Greenpeace activist Eva Resnick-Day asked Clinton, “Will you act on your word to reject fossil fuel money in the future in your campaign?”
Clinton, wagging her finger in the activist’s face, angrily responded “I do not have — I have money from people who work for fossil fuel companies.”
“I am so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me,” Clinton shouted.
Clinton insists she has taken no contributions from big oil companies, only from individuals who work for the companies.
According to several reports, however, Clinton’s semantics can’t hide the truth that she has consistently gorged at the fossil-fuel trough.
While receiving money directly from fossil fuel corporations, or any other companies, would violate election law, many of the bundlers raising money for Clinton’s campaign work for large oil and natural gas corporations.
“Nearly all of the lobbyists bundling contributions for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign have at one time or another worked for the fossil fuel industry,” Mother Jones revealed in July 2015.
She has received substantial backing from “Democratic Party lobbyists who have worked against regulations to curb climate change, advocated for offshore drilling, or sought government approval for natural gas exports,” Mother Jones reported.
Environmental news website Grist noted that the Clinton campaign may not receive money directly from fossil fuel companies but the candidate “is getting a lot of money from fossil fuel executives and lobbyists acting as bundlers (fundraisers who collect donations) who represent fossil fuel companies.”
Among those contributors are lobbyists for Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP America, America’s Natural Gas Alliance, and many more.
Reports also linked Clinton’s campaign to the Keystone XL pipeline, a project of the corporation TransCanada. In June 2015, Clinton’s campaign hired a former major TransCanada lobbyist as a consultant.
As secretary of state, Clinton pushed for the completion of the pipeline. In 2010, she said her department was “inclined” to sign off on the project.
While heading up the State Department, Clinton also was a strong supporter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, or TPP, which environmental and labor groups warn would be disastrous for the climate.
Despite openly supporting them for years, after pressure from the Bernie Sanders campaign, Clinton now claims she opposes both the Keystone XL pipeline and TPP.
Sanders has refused to take contributions from fossil fuel corporations. In July 2015, The Nation magazine created a pledge calling on presidential candidates to reject money from fossil fuel corporations. Clinton did not endorse it.