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Old October 14th, 2013, 04:41 AM   #1
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Citizens United - Part 2

Another effort to silence the average American and to obstruct progress

[QUOTE]. Coal baron asks SCOTUS to help him buy more politicians with 'Citizens United II'

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The coal industry is on its death bed, as well it should be with the evidence of its immense contribution to carbon emissions making it a leading cause of climate change. Plus, in Appalachia, coal is now mined by using explosives to blow the entire tops off of mountains, which causes immense environmental destruction, filling and polluting streams and ravines with rubble and toxic minerals.
Coal is also a known cause of health problems to those who work in the industry and because of the air pollution it generates, which is a danger to public health. The National Academy of Science has found that exposure to coal pollution in China lowers life expectancy by five years. And in Europe, a study found that coal pollution causes more than 22,000 premature deaths every year.

But the coal industry is not going down quietly. Even after Obama announced new regulations on coal power pollution, it's fighting back with the only weapon it has: money. It's using the money to buy influence with politicians who have no scruples about supporting an industry known to have a negative impact on public health and on the health of our planet. The politicians use the money for their campaign chests, which helps them get re-elected and perpetuates the problems caused by the fossil fuel industry.

Now it seems that even the money generated by the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision that allows immense private campaign contributions is not enough. It's costing more to buy politicians' souls these days, so coal baron Shaun McCutcheon, a climate change denier, is requesting that the U.S. Supreme Court rule that he and his fossil fuel buddies be allowed to contribute even more to secure the support of friendly politicians. Follow along below the fold as Stephen Kretzmann of Oil Change International writes at The Huffington Post: [/QUOTE]b

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This has already been posted when McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission was heard. Unfortunately the case is nothing as described by this article, which isn't a surprise.
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Here's what I was talking about RNG.
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