February 3, 2017

350 Action: Senate Votes for Big Oil Corruption; Rename the GOP the “Grand Oil Party”

Washington, D.C. — In a predawn vote, the Senate voted along party lines to repeal the bipartisan Cardin-Lugar anti-corruption act that helped prevent oil companies from bribing foreign governments. 350 Action Strategic Communications Director Jamie Henn issued the following response:

“It’s time to rename the GOP the ‘Grand Oil Party.’ The Senate passed the repeal before dawn because they knew this sort of corruption wouldn’t stand the light of day. The decision to approve Exxon’s CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and then immediately repeal an anti-corruption law he explicitly lobbied against is enough to warrant a serious investigation. This vote will come back to haunt the Republican party. The American people don’t like Big Oil and they know corruption when they see it. Resistance is already spreading and it will only grow in the months ahead.”

This April 29th, 350.org  is helping organize the People’s Climate Mobilization, a march on Washington and actions across the country for climate, jobs and justice.


Contact: Dani Heffernan, 350 Action, dani@350.org, +1 (305) 992-1544