LCV Names Rehberg and Wilson to Dirty Dozen
Last week, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) named Montana Senate candidate Rep. Dennis Rehberg and New Mexico Senate candidate and former Rep. Heather Wilson to its 2012 “Dirty Dozen” list. The Dirty Dozen program targets candidates who have consistently anti-environmental voting records and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome.
Both candidates have dismal LCV lifetime scores: Wilson earned a 15% lifetime score, and Rehberg earned a particularly egregious 6% lifetime score.
Over the course of his political career, Rehberg has taken $539,407 from the oil and gas industry, making him one of the top-30 recipients of oil and gas money to serve in the House of Representatives. Wilson has taken $642,182 from the oil and gas industry, putting her in the top-20.
A few lowlights from the careers of the two Senate hopefuls:
- Rehberg co-sponsored legislation which would strip protections from 60 million acres of public lands, leaving them vulnerable to oil and gas drilling, unchecked development and other threats. This includes 6 million acres of public land in Montana that is used for hunting, fishing and hiking. [HR1581; The Wilderness Society, 7/29/11; Missoula Independent, 9/22/11; Flathead Beacon, 9/28/11]
- Wilson has rejected the overwhelming scientific consensus that human activity is contributing to climate change. [Albuquerque Journal, 5/2/08; Albuquerque Journal, 10/28/06]
- Rehberg co-sponsored a bill that would grant the Department of Homeland Security unprecedented power to ignore 36 environmental laws — including the Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and Endangered Species Act — in a 100 mile zone of federal land. The impacted public lands would include Montana’s own Glacier National Park. [HR1505; McClatchy, 10/25/11; UPI, 9/27/11]
- Wilson consistently voted to protect billion dollar subsidies for oil and gas companies while in office, and has vowed to protect these handouts in the Senate. [2/27/08; HR6, House Vote 40, 1/18/07; HR6, House Vote 132, 4/21/05; Albuquerque Journal, 12/4/11]