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Fossil Fuel Donations Question Sincerity of Clinton's Green Agenda

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By    |   Wednesday, 21 Sep 2016 11:24 AM

Green groups are expressing doubt over the sincerity of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's environmental agenda due to donations she has received from the fossil fuel industry, The Washington Times reports.

"Secretary Clinton should not only stop taking money from fossil fuel companies, but she should also commit to keeping fossil fuel executives and lobbyists out of her administration," Benjamin Schreiber, spokesman for the environmental group Friends of the Earth Action, told the Times. "The climate crisis is too dire to continue leaning on the oil and gas industry for solutions."

The Wall Street Journal reports that oil and gas donors have contributed about twice as much money to support Clinton's campaign as that of Republican nominee Donald Trump. Although election rules forbid corporations from donating directly to candidates, contributions from an industry's executives and employees are allowed.

This significant support of Clinton is particularly notable because for decades the industry has been one of the biggest backers of the Republican Party.

Some energy sector officials explained the change to the Journal, saying they are concerned that Trump does not understand the industry well enough.

Desmog speculates that another reason for the industry's support of Clinton is the likelihood that she will be elected and they want to back a winner. This is especially so because as secretary of state she promoted policies that were in the industry's interest, such as working with TransCanada to get approval for the controversial KeystoneXL pipeline.

To bolster the electability theory, Desmog shows that the fossil fuel sector is heavily supporting Republicans down ticket, as they have done in the past decades.

Despite her critics, Clinton's stated agenda is far friendlier to those supporting green issues than Trump's views, and Clinton has received the endorsements of powerful environmental groups such as the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council's political arm, the Times reports.

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