Green Billionaires Club? David Vitter Owns Stock in Coal Utilities Fighting EPA Carbon Rules

By: Friday August 8, 2014 6:00 pm

On July 30, the Republican minority of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, headed by Sen. David Vitter, released a report titled “The Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA.”

Critics of the report say it is propaganda designed to skewer the Obama EPA and environmental philanthropists for “conspiring to help the environment.”

Vitter’s chief source of campaign cash is the oil and gas industry and he recently called the billionaire Koch Brothers “two of the most patriotic Americans in the history of the Earth.”


Late Night FDL: The Onion, Come to Life

By: Thursday April 18, 2013 8:00 pm

It’s funny, in the least funny of ways, how a week that began in unspeakable tragedy unfolded into one filled with so much absurdity and journalistic malpractice, along with a truly bizarre string of unrelated events, that the actual news was often so frankly guffaw-inducing that The Onion would have a hard time topping it.

Brown-Vitter Bill to Break Up Too Big to Fail Banks Begins Roll Out

By: Tuesday April 9, 2013 7:35 am

Believe it or not, there is a bill in Washington to break up the Too Big To Fail banks. Sponsored by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) the Brown-Vitter bill would break up the Megabanks by requiring higher capital reserves. Not surprisingly Wall Street is not pleased.

Sherrod Brown, David Vitter Team Up to Press Federal Reserve About Capital Requirements

By: Wednesday August 8, 2012 2:14 pm

On financial regulatory issues, Republicans have recently retreated back to the idea that all we need to do is to ensure adequate capital requirements at the largest banks. If they can handle anything that comes across with their own reserves, then taxpayer money is secure and the free market can sort out everything else.

Sunday Late Night: Xmas, Another View

By: Sunday December 25, 2011 8:01 pm

With full awareness that next year could be worse (can you imagine!?) I want to wish every one of you a happy healthy New Year full of self-awareness and revolution. And here’s to less influence from right-wing bigots and the panderers thereto.

Sleeping Baby: What’s All The Fuss About?

By: Thursday June 2, 2011 8:00 pm

I dunno why so many people are acting so weird about that picture that wound up on Mr. Weiner’s Bookfaced site or Witter or whatever it was. Funny, when Mr. Vitter’s nanny talked about how he still wuvvvs wearing diapers, the WaPo didn’t invite Chris Lehane to spend a few hours talking to people online about it.

Senate Democrats Charging Forward on BP Liability, Join President’s Call for Escrow Account

By: Monday June 14, 2010 2:15 pm

Practically the entire Senate Democratic caucus has written a letter to BP CEO Tony Hayward, asking the company to create the same kind of $20 billion dollar escrow account that the President will reprortedly seek to pay for economic damages and clean-up costs associated with the Gulf oil spill. The letter was signed by 55 of the 59 members of the caucus: only Mary Landrieu, Robert Byrd, Jeff Bingaman and Kent Conrad failed to add their names.

Accidents Will Happen

By: Friday June 11, 2010 6:31 pm

The Deepwater Horizon explosion was not a tragic unavoidable accident, it was an inevitable consequence of weak regulation coupled with corporate corner-cutting and greed.

Vitter, Fronting for BP and Oil Industry, Pushes Sham Liability Legislation

By: Friday June 4, 2010 12:50 pm

The idea that David Vitter can say with a straight face that he supports legislation to “remove” the liability cap for BP’s oil spill, and hold them accountable, only makes sense on the surface. You have to ignore a host of past experience, as well as the flawed legislation he’s actually pushing, to arrive at that conclusion.

Dueling Objections on Oil Spill Legislation

By: Tuesday May 25, 2010 3:50 pm

Both Robert Menendez and David Vitter offered legislation on the Senate floor to alter the liability cap on oil companies who damage American land through spills, but both were denied unanimous consent, as members of the opposite party objected.

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