Senators Who Rejected Human-Caused Climate Change Received 7 Times as Much Money from Oil and Gas Interests

Miriam Marks | December 02, 2015

December 2, 2015 - On January 21, 2015, the Senate voted on a number of amendments to S. 1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. While construction of the Keystone XL pipeline was rejected last month, several amendments to S. 1 address opinions about climate change more generally. One such amendment, S. Amdt. 58, expresses the sense of Congress that “human activity significantly contributes to climate change.”  The amendment, which required a two-thirds majority to pass, failed by a vote of 50-49. According to an analysis by MapLight:

  • Senators voting ‘NO’ on the amendment received, on average, 7.1 times as much money ($259,314) from oil and gas interests compared to those voting ‘YES’ ($36,759) between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2015.
  • Twelve senators received more than $300,000 from oil and gas interests between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2015. All voted 'NO' on the amendment.



MapLight analysis of campaign contributions from PACs and employees of oil and gas interest groups to members of the U.S. Senate from April 1, 2009 through March 31, 2015. Contributions and interest group data source: