The pernicious effect of money in politics was on painful displayed a few days ago when the Senate passed a bill forcing the approval of the Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline.
Sixty-two senators bowed to Big Oil after receiving some $43 million in campaign contributions from the dirty energy sector since 1999. The big loser of this decision is the American public, who stands to gain nothing from it and would have to put up with the disastrous consequences of its construction.
In our column we offer clean, renewable alternatives to a boondoggle that would contribute some 180 million tons of climate-change gases every year. And also a call to removing money from our democratic system.