Rebecca Tarbotton, the executive director of Rainforest Action, blogged in the Huffington Post yesterday outlining how money in politics is at the root of the failure to pass strong environmental laws:
Big corporations can now essentially buy politicians who will write and pass rules that favor them and their industries.
This is why we have a president who couldn’t pass climate legislation and who is now stuck in an endless game of appeasement — weighing each small action that might shift the country off of fossil fuels and into renewable energy against the mountains of cash that the coal, oil, and agribusiness industries could spend defeating him in the next election.
With the anniversary of the Supreme Court Citizens United decision approaching Jan. 21, more and more people are motivated by their own causes to join in ours. The decision allowed corporations for the first time to donate unlimited funds to influence elections. There are so many reasons to sign up.