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Industry spent $500M to stall climate bills -- report

Big Oil and other special interests have spent more than $500 million on campaign contributions and lobbying to defeat global warming legislation and clean energy initiatives, according to a report released today by the Center for American Progress Action Fund. The liberal group's analysis, "Dirty Oil: Big Oil & Friends Spent $500 Million+ to Defeat Global Warming Pollution Reductions," looked at the top 20 oil production, mining and electric utilities companies and the 13 trade associations representing interests directly or indirectly involved in the energy business between January 2009 and June 2010.

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