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Scott Brown's Big Oil Record

Brown has a lifetime LCV score of just 22 percent.  Brown’s score is only four points higher than the lifetime score for Rand Paul, the Tea Party-backed Senator from Kentucky.  [League of Conservation Voters, 2011 National Environmental Scorecard]

Since taking office in 2010, Brown has taken 278 party line votes. According to the Washington Post’s U.S. Congress Votes Database, Brown has voted 278 times with the majority of Republicans and against President Obama and the majority of Democrats in the Senate.  [Washington Post, U.S. Congress Votes Database]

Brown has received $288,810 from the oil and gas industry during his Senate career. According to a review of FEC data by the Center for Responsive Politics, the oil and gas industry is one of Brown’s top-15 contributors over the course of his political career.  Only three Senators have received more money than Brown from the oil and gas industry during the 2012 election cycle.  [Center for Responsive Politics; Center for Responsive Politics]

Brown has repeatedly voted to protect Big Oil’s billions in taxpayer-funded subsidies.  Since joining the Senate in 2010, Brown has voted three times against legislation that would eliminate the billions of dollars in special tax breaks that big oil companies receive.  In June 2010, Brown voted against an amendment by Senator Bernie Sanders that would eliminate Big Oil subsidies and use the savings to reduce the federal deficit and invest in energy efficiency and conservation.  In May 2011, Brown voted against consideration of the Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act, a bill by Senator Robert Menendez that would also reduce the deficit by eliminating tax breaks for big oil companies.  Finally, in March 2012, Brown voted against consideration of the Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act, a bill by Menendez that would eliminate big oil subsidies and use the savings to promote renewable energy.  [S. Amdt. 4318, Senate Vote 187, 6/15/10; S. 940, Senate Vote 72, 5/17/11; S. 2204, Senate Vote 63, 3/29/12]

Ignoring plea from Obama, Brown voted against ending $24 billion in oil subsidies. MassLive.com reported, “Despite an afternoon plea from President Barack Obama asking the U.S. Senate to vote to end $24 billion in subsidies for the oil industry, the measure failed in a 51-47 vote, mostly along party lines Thursday. U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., was among the GOP legislators who blocked the measure which would have curtailed tax-funded subsidies for several oil companies valued at $24 billion over a ten-year period.” [MassLive.com, 3/29/12]

Brown has repeatedly voted against clean energy incentives that create jobs in America.  In March, Brown voted against an amendment offered by Senator Debbie Stabenow that would have extended the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy, along with several other clean energy tax incentives and grants.  Two weeks later, Brown voted against Senator Robert Menendez’s bill to extend the wind PTC and other clean energy programs – and pay for it by ending oil industry subsidies.  Besides Big Oil tax breaks, Brown has also prioritized tax cuts for millionaires over clean energy.  He voted against an amendment from Senator Bernie Sanders that would end the Bush tax cuts for those making $250,000 or more, and use some of the savings to invest in tax credits that would support clean energy manufacturing.  [S. 2204, Senate Vote 63, 3/29/12; S. Amdt 1813, Senate Vote 39, 3/13/12; S. Amdt 4809, Senate Vote 275, 12/15/10]

Boston Globe: During 2010 campaign, Brown “did not reject” the theory that climate change is a “fraud.”  On August 3, 2012, the Boston Globe reported, “When asked whether he thinks human activity has contributed to climate change, a view endorsed by major scientific bodies around the world such as the US National Academy of Sciences, Brown said he does, a more emphatic answer than he gave while campaigning two years ago, when he expressed uncertainty about the science.”  Indeed, as the Globe reported on December 17, 2009, when Brown was asked by a voter whether he believes “that whole global warming thing is a big fraud,” Brown “did not reject the fraud theory.”  The article quoted Brown as saying: “It’s interesting. I think the globe is always heating and cooling,’’ he said. “It’s a natural way of ebb and flow. The thing that concerns me lately is some of the information I’ve heard about potential tampering with some of the information. … I just want to make sure if in fact . . . the earth is heating up, that we have accurate information, and it’s unbiased by scientists with no agenda. Once that’s done, then I think we can really move forward with a good plan.’’ [Boston Globe, 8/3/12; Boston Globe, 12/17/09]

Brown voted to block EPA from addressing climate change.  As the Boston Globe has noted, Brown “voted to strip the EPA of its authority to regulate greenhouse gases.” Indeed, Brown voted for an amendment by Senator Mitch McConnell that would “prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change.”  [Boston Globe, 8/3/12; S. Amdt 183, Senate Vote 54, 4/6/11]

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