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The Democratic National Committee Might Undo Its Ban on Fossil Fuel Donations

The Democratic National Committee, which just two months ago passed a resolution barring donations from the fossil fuel industry, will vote Friday on a proposal to overturn or weaken the ban, HuffPost reports.

The proposal, introduced by DNC Chair Tom Perez, states that the DNC "will continue to welcome the longstanding and generous contributions of workers, including those in energy and related industries, who organize and donate to Democratic candidates individually or through their unions' or employers' political action committees." In other words, Perez is portraying the shift as an affirmation of the DNC's support for workers' rights.

The resolution has raised alarm bells with environmentalists. R.L. Miller, president of the super political action committee Climate Hawks Vote and a co-sponsor of the original ban, told HuffPost he was "furious" that the DNC would do this "just as the movement to ban fossil fuel corporate PAC money is growing (and Democrats are winning)."

A spokeswoman for the DNC denied that the resolution was a reversal, HuffPost reports.