Marianne Lavelle

Marianne Lavelle is a staff writer at the Center for Public Integrity.

Lobbyists rush to block EPA action on climate change

Cross-posted from The Center for Public Integrity.   Like a lot of industry groups, the farm lobby says it would prefer that Congress tackle climate change rather than leaving the job to the bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency. But now, the prospect of EPA greenhouse gas regulation looms large — mostly because agriculture and so many other interests haven’t liked any of the climate bills so far on Capitol Hill. Not to worry. The same onslaught of lobbyists and lawyers that helped dim prospects for climate legislation in this Congress (representing about 1,170 businesses and interest groups by the …

Toward a stalemate in Copenhagen

How industry pressures and competing national agendas dim prospects for a climate treaty

A version of this post was originally published on the website of the Center for Public Integrity and is reposted on Grist with CPI’s kind permission. —– It is said that borders don’t matter to the atmosphere — all nations have to work together to tackle the problem of climate change. But the forces that seek to block that effort likewise know no national boundaries. They’re rallying coal miners in Appalachia, stirring up aluminum workers in Australia, and slowing renewable energy in China. They’re using their exalted position in Indian society to discourage the government from making international commitments. In …

ACCCE in the hole (and not in a good way)

Shake-ups at high-profile coal industry group

This post was originally published on the blog of the Center for Public Integrity and is reposted on Grist with CPI’s kind permission. With its hefty bankroll and polished messaging, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity looked like a juggernaut going into the climate change debate on Capitol Hill. But ever since the House narrowly passed a measure in late June to set the country on a path to addressing global warming — a measure with plenty of concessions to coal but still lacking ACCCE’s support — the advocacy group has been beset by struggles. First, Bonner & Associates, …

Everyone's got a lobbyist

Tally of interests on climate bill tops a thousand

This post was originally published on the website of the Center for Public Integrity and is reposted on Grist with CPI’s kind permission. More than 460 new businesses and interest groups jumped into lobbying Congress on global warming in the weeks before the House neared its historic vote on climate change legislation, a Center for Public Integrity analysis of just-disclosed lobbying records shows. The surge in the 12 weeks leading up to the June 26 vote meant that about 1,150 different companies and advocacy organizations were promoting their vision of how the nation should tackle climate change, a more than …

in cahoots with newt

Newt’s new money to fight climate change bill

This post was originally published on the website of the Center for Public Integrity and is reposted on Grist with CPI’s kind permission. The world’s largest coal company and one of the nation’s top fossil-fueled power companies are among the leading donors so far this year to Newt Gingrich’s political advocacy group, which has been fighting climate legislation on Capitol Hill with a “Stop the Energy Tax” phone-in campaign to Senate offices. Peabody Energy, the St. Louis-based coal giant, gave $250,000 to American Solutions for Winning the Future in February, putting it atop the Gingrich-led group’s big contributors for the …

Follow the money

Southern Company dominates the climate lobbying scene

This post was originally published on the website of the Center for Public Integrity and is reposted on Grist with CPI’s kind permission. —– Southern Company, the nation’s largest electric power generator, also had the largest force of lobbyists among the hundreds of businesses and interest groups that were seeking to influence the landmark climate change legislation that just passed the House. With 63 lobbyists, the Atlanta-based energy giant had nearly twice as many climate lobbyists as any other company or organization, according to registration statements filed with the Senate Office of Public Records for the first quarter of 2009. …

Pyle driver

Brooks Brothers rioter turns attention to energy this election season

This post was originally published on the website of the Center for Public Integrity and is reposted on Grist with CPI’s kind permission. —– An advocacy group run by a political operative with oil industry ties (and a famous photo-op history) is spearheading a late advertising blitz to sway Senate races, spending more than $650,000 in the last month to blast the Democratic candidates in Colorado and Kentucky, and to urge support for Republican incumbents in Mississippi. The American Energy Alliance, which describes itself as a new nonprofit group dedicated to informing “policymakers that there is no such thing as …

Mixing oil and politics is formula for Newt's 'Solutions'

Gingrich’s 527 group is a major player in this year’s elections

The following investigative report was originally published by the Center for Public Integrity and is reposted on Grist with CPI’s kind permission.   —– Newt Gingrich appeared on C-SPAN’s morning program “Washington Journal” on August 6 to promote “Drill here. Drill Now.” Photo Courtesy of C-SPAN Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich isn’t running for president this year, but due to a gusher of support for his campaign to promote opening up more offshore areas to oil drilling, he’s chairing the election season’s hottest conservative advocacy group. The slogan “Drill here. Drill now. Pay less.” is fueling Gingrich’s American Solutions for …

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