It won’t bring back the endangered sea turtles or thousands of other wild animals in the Gulf now confirmed dead because of Big Oil’s reckless disregard for our natural treasures. And it won’t curb the dangerous influence of BP and the rest of Big Oil on U.S. politics.
[T]he industry has among the biggest and most powerful contingents in Washington. Its influence has been on full display in the wake of the BP oil disaster: Proposals to enact new restrictions or curb oil use have stalled amid concerted Republican opposition and strong objections from Democrats in oil-producing states.
For the sake of our wildlife, this corruption has to end.
Collectively, these senators have taken nearly $6.5 million from oil and gas companies,  so it's no coincidence that since 2006 each has voted for drilling in never-before drilled waters along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and expanding drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and against protections for endangered polar bears in the Arctic. 
House members typically raise less money than senators. However, Joe Barton (R-TX) also ranks as an oil and gas heavy weight, raking in nearly $1.5 million.  Not surprisingly, he too can be counted on to vote for more drilling and bigger handouts for oil companies.