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LCV Launches Major TV Ad Buy Criticizing Benishek’s Climate Change Denial

Contact: Jeff Gohringer, (202) 454-4573 or

August 12, 2013  

Part of nationwide campaign to hold climate change deniers accountable

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today launched a major television ad campaign criticizing Representative Dan Benishek for repeatedly denying the proven science of climate change. The ad begins running today in the Traverse City and Marquette markets and is part of a nearly $2 million nationwide LCV campaign to hold climate change deniers in Congress accountable. 

“The American people are tired of Washington politicians like Rep. Benishek ignoring basic scientific facts and standing in the way of action on climate change,” said Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters. 

The ad highlights Rep. Dan Benishek’s claims that climate change is “all baloney” and “just some scheme.”  Documentation for the ad can be found here.

When asked his position on climate change in an interview, Rep. Benishek responded, “I think it’s all baloney.  It’s all baloney.  I think it’s just some scheme … I remember there was global cooling back in the 70’s.  I actually went with that.  I just don’t believe it, I just don’t believe it.”

During a debate last cycle, Rep. Benishek was asked if global warming a major threat to the Great Lakes, and he replied, in part: “Well frankly I’m not sure how significant global warming is. … I spent a lot of time in the sciences and you know I’m not exactly sure what’s happening with the climate.”

Rep. Benishek’s positions are out of step with his constituents, and LCV urges them to contact the Congressman to tell him that it’s time to act on climate change.  The scientific views on climate change are as solid as any public policy question will ever get. According to NASA, 97 percent of scientists agree that human activity is contributing to climate change, and that extreme weather is increasing due to climate change.

Rep. Benishek’s extreme voting record has earned him an abysmal 6% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. The non-partisan scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental and clean energy issues. For more information, visit


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