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Noted climate activist Bill McKibben says the DNC's newly-passed resolution indicates the "social license of big oil is being steadily revoked." (Photo: Takver/flickr/cc)

'This Is What Winning Looks Like': DNC Bans Donations From Fossil Fuel Companies

Resolution cites climate crisis's "existential threat to civilization" and fossil fuel industry's chokehold on democracy

Andrea Germanos

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Saturday unanimously passed a resolution to ban campaign donations from fossil fuel companies.

Author and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben called it a sign that the "social license of big oil is being steadily revoked." 350.org Action, for its part, declared, "This is what winning looks like, folks."

The development, first reported by the Huffington Post on Tuesday, is thanks to a resolution submitted by DNC committee member Christine Pelosi, who is also the daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The text cites the climate crisis's "existential threat to civilization," and asserts that "fossil fuel corporations are drowning our democracy in a tidal wave of dark oily money; they have deceived the public about the impacts of climate change, fought the growth of clean renewable energy, and corrupted our political system."

It goes on to note that hundreds of individual candidates in the party have already vowed not to take money from the dirty industry.

Hailing the decision as "big step," the youth-led Sunrise Movement also called on the DNC "step up further and refuse all donations over $200 from fossil fuel execs to prove they value young people's futures over oil and gas profits."

According to Huff Po, that could happen in two months as the DNC may vote in August on a resolution that would ban donations above that amount from individuals working for the fossil fuel industry.

Huff Po also notes that oil and gas companies dumped $7.6 million into Democratic races in 2016.


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