In 2015 presidential candidates from the Republican party received nearly $107 million from the Oil and Gas Industry. About 1/3 of all the money donated to party members running for president came from the Industry. It is important to note that not a single one of the Republican candidates has a plan to combat climate change.
Additionally, the Republican front runners, Trump and Cruz, both have plans to abolish the systems currently in place to manage climate change. Trump saying he would abolish the Environmental Protection Agency and stating that climate change is conspiracy created by China. Cruz, who doesn’t believe in man-made climate change, has said he would abolish the Energy Department, which has made climate change a top priority, as well as remove 10 programs pertaining to climate change and the environment.
While Trump’s campaign is mostly self financed, he does have millions of dollar invested in the fossil fuel industry and would likely require assistance from industry donors if he won the nomination. Chris Christie, who recently endorsed Trump, received 39% of the funding for his failed campaign from the industry. Cruz has received nearly 57% of his Super-Pac donations, about $25 million, from the industry.
Jesse Coleman, an oil and gas campaigner for Greenpeace, said this on the subject: “These fossil funders have made denying climate change and ignoring scientists a prerequisite for being a Republican candidate.”