The Daily Fix: Prominent Democrat Wants Fuel Industry to Come Clean on Funding Climate Deniers

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Feb 22, 2015· 1 MIN READ
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After his staff discovered that fuel companies have secretly given a climate change–denying researcher more than $1 million over the past decade, a Massachusetts Democrat is asking the industry to come clean about such relationships.

According to The Boston Globe, U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey plans to send missives to fossil fuel corporations, organizations, and others involved in carbon fuels to request disclosure.

“The American public deserve an honest debate that isn’t polluted by the best junk science fossil fuel interest can buy,” Markey said in a statement. “That’s why I will be launching this investigation to see how widespread this denial-for-hire scheme stretches within the anti–climate action cabal.”

Back in 2009, the senator cosponsored the historic Markey-Waxman Bill, or the American Clean Energy and Security Act. It was the first time a bill to curb greenhouse gas emissions made it through Congress.

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