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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7/31/12

WASHINGTON – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today named Rep. Dan Lungren (CA-3) to their new $1.5 million “Flat Earth Five” program, which aims to defeat five climate change deniers in the House of Representatives this election cycle. As part of this program, LCV will commit significant resources to defeating Rep. Lungren, who has claimed that “ideological bias” is driving efforts to combat climate change.

“The science on climate change is as solid as any public policy question will ever get, but Rep. Lungren just won’t acknowledge the facts,” said Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters.

“At this point it’s clear that Lungren’s ideology is failing his constituents – he’s voted against incentives for conservation and renewable energy, and for big polluters and for more oil drilling,” said California League of Conservation Voters CEO Sarah Rose.  “Californians in this district deserve better. They deserve a leader that will put them first.”

LCV will be spending at least $1.5 million across these five districts on television advertising, direct mail and an extensive phone program letting voters know that these members of Congress are dangerously out-of-step with their district on the issue of climate change. The program also includes LCV member mobilization and a strong media presence in the districts. More information about the Flat Earth Five can be found online at http://www.lcv.org/flatearthfive.

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that humans are contributing to climate change, Rep. Lungren has claimed that “ideological bias” is driving efforts to combat it, citing an obscure 1974 Time Magazine article about an “impending ice age” as an excuse for dismissing scientists’ “dire predictions” about climate change threats. 

Although he’s acknowledged that it’s “prudent” to reduce CO2 emissions “without waiting for proof or disproof of global warming,” he voted against landmark climate change legislation in 2009. Additionally, Rep. Lungren has declared that EPA regulation of carbon is a “vicious blow” to “our freedom” that gives EPA the power “to effectively control…the way in which we breathe.”

Rep. Lungren joins Reps. Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-24) and Dan Benishek (MI-1) on the program. Additional names will be announced over the next two weeks.

Last year, the Washington Post cited a National Academy of Sciences finding that “97–98% of the climate researchers most actively publishing in the field” believe that humans are contributing to global warming. Even the Department of Defense has recognized that climate change will play a “significant role” in the future security environment, and has incorporated a strategic approach to climate change into military planning.

Rep. Lungren has a lifetime score of just 4% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard, a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on conservation and clean energy issues. For more information, visit http://www.lcv.org/scorecard.

LCV has a proven track record of success. Earlier this year, LCV was crucial in defeating Rep. Tim Holden in his Democratic primary for Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district, running the largest independent expenditure campaign in the race, including a $230,000 television ad buy criticizing Holden for opposing President Obama’s clean energy plan.

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