North Dakota coal workers mine 30 million tons of lignite each year. The coal's then burned at nearby power plants.

Coal State Considers Carbon Future Under Trump

The Obama administration imposed strict carbon emissions limits on states. But that rule’s likely to be undone when Donald Trump assumes the presidency. So states like North Dakota are wondering what’s next for emissions, and moving forward with plans of their own.

A section of the Dakota Access pipeline awaits construction.

What’s Next For Dakota Access?

On Sunday, the Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline. After months of protest and months of construction, parties with vested interests in the pipeline are wondering what’s next. For thousands of Native Americans and climate activists who have joined the Standing Rock Sioux’s protest against the pipeline, and are camped out in blizzard conditions, the question is — should they leave or should they stay? At the same time, the oil industry and legal experts are trying to make sense of the decision and what it means for the longterm project’s fate.

This chart shows oil/gas and coal company contributions to presidential candidate committees. It includes contributions from company PACs as well as individuals employed by the companies who donated at least $200. While coal interests have retained their strong preference for Republican presidential candidates, oil and gas interests have shifted their spending to Clinton in the general election. With a month to go before the election, oil and gas interests had spent roughly the same amount on candidates who did not make it past the primaries as they did on Trump and Clinton combined. Note that this does not reflect super PAC spending. View the data used to make this graphic as a spreadsheet.

Surprises In Oil And Gas Campaign Spending

Fossil fuel companies have a history of backing Republican candidates. But this year’s unusual presidential campaign appears to be having a strange ripple effect on political giving — at least from the oil and gas industry.