DNC to reject fossil fuel company donations

DNC to reject fossil fuel company donations
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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) will no longer accept campaign donations from fossil fuel companies.

The DNC's resolution, first introduced by Christine Pelosi, a member of the committee and the daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDemocrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act Internal RNC poll shows Pelosi is more popular than Trump: report MORE (D-Calif.), was introduced as a way to connect with grass-roots voters and emphasize the party's stance on environmentalism.

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"Climate change caused by the burning of fossil fuels represents an existential threat to civilization, and Democrats committed in our 2016 Platform to curbing the effects of climate change, protecting America’s natural resources, and ensuring the quality of our air, water, and land for current and future generations," read the text of the resolution, which passed over the weekend and was provided to The Hill by the DNC.

The decision follows in the footsteps of a previous one made under former President Obama to ban all corporate PAC donations to the DNC. 

"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," the resolution reads.

The ban will affect donations from oil, gas and coal companies but does not address donations from their competing renewable energy industries, a decision likely to draw scrutiny. 

The text of the resolution calls the decision by the DNC a way to "empower Democrats to walk our talk in harmony with our stated beliefs and convictions."

The vote comes as the U.S. energy industry is finding itself increasingly split as certain sources — namely coal and nuclear — weather hard economic times but find vocal support from the Trump administration.

Earlier this month, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE ordered Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryPartisan politics at independent agency draws bipartisan rebuke Overnight Energy: House panel approves park funding, offshore drilling bills | Green group putting M into races | Perry applauds Russia boosting oil production Perry welcomes efforts by Russia, OPEC to boost oil production MORE to take "immediate steps" to prevent further closures of coal and nuclear power plants as the industry increasingly shifts toward clean and renewable fuel.