The famously conservative Koch brothers have teamed up with groups like the Sierra Club and Environmental America to urge lawmakers to support Tesla's direct sales business model, which has fought auto dealers in several states.
States, not Congress, are taking the lead on climate change laws – from a new cap-and-trade program in California to widespread adoption of renewable electricity standards. Moves to weaken those standards aren't gaining traction in state capitals.
Kennedy takes a look at the billionaires who have benefitted the most from the US oil industry, according to Forbes' recently released rich list.
As income and wealth become ever more concentrated in America, the nation’s corporations and billionaires will invest even more in politics, Reich writes.