Simply, they have a substantial amount of money and therefore have more access to the political system. They are able to afford to hire more lobbyists, more advertising, more campaign and financial donations and they have a vested interests in the different legislations that can potentially adversely affect their profit margins. For instance, on a 2009 climate bill, Exxon spent about 15 millions dollars in lobbying, more than the entire clean energy industry combined (12.1 million).
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