Is The Climate Crisis the Tip of the Trans-National Corporate Overreach Iceberg?

Hugh J. Campbell Son of a steelworker, Philadelphia, Pa.

The article Sanders Blasts Republicans for Corporate-Funded Climate Denialism highlights how Sen. Bernie Sanders shines a spotlight on the GOP’s priority to pander to trans-national corporate overreach. He said: “Science-denying Republicans—intent on derailing local, national, and global attempts to avert a looming climate crisis—have their priorities all wrong. I find it unacceptable that many of my Republican colleagues are more worried about campaign contributions they're getting from the Koch brothers and others in the fossil fuel industry than they are about preserving the planet for our children and grandchildren."

Recent studies have shown how corporations, led by ExxonMobil and the Koch family foundations, drive such anti-science ideology through the creation of climate disinformation think tanks and dissemination of coordinated contrarian messaging in the mainstream media and in public discourse.

"The evidence is overwhelming," Sanders declared. "Droughts, floods, and severe storms already are impacting the planet, and the situation will only become worse in years to come."

A new poll showing that 63 percent of Americans support the United States signing onto a binding international agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions, one can only hope the tide is shifting.

The Trans-National Corporate Overreach Iceberg includes, but is not limited to:

                Climate change

                Our domestic-unfriendly tax system

                Fast track enabled NAFTA, TPP, TTIP and TiSA

                Citizens United and McCutcheon

                Gerrymandering and Voter Suppression

                Suppression of the minimum wage for a decade


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Hugh Campbell is a seasoned financial professional, currently providing subject matter expertise on a variety of regulatory topics, including the Dodd-Frank Act, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and overall compliance monitoring. Hugh has previously held positions as Chief Risk Officer (CRO), Chief Audit Executive (CAE) and Director of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance.