We’ve pointed out before that Big Oil Blunt has taken more than $1 million from Big Oil and other energy interests over his entire career in Congress — including $487,798 from the oil and gas industry alone.
But, as the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf Coast continues, it’s worth pointing out that over the last decade Big Oil Blunt has been among the top ten congressional recipients of campaign cash from BP’s PAC, having received $11,500 from the oil company’s political action committee since the 2001-02 election cycle.
It’s also not surprising that Big Oil Blunt has consistently supported efforts to expand offshore drilling, voting to do so in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Additionally, he voted against efforts to increase fuel efficiency standards in automobiles in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007. The 2007 vote, in which automobile mileage standards were raised to 35 miles per gallon, will reduce U.S. oil consumption by 1.2 million barrels of oil per day by 2020.