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

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Contact: Jeff Gohringer, (202) 454-4579 or jeff_gohringer@lcv.org

14 Aug 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 Senator Ron Johnson for denying the proven science of climate change. Senator Johnson has accepted more than a hundred thousand dollars in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry while voting to let them spew unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into our air. The ad begins running today in the Green Bay market and is part of a nearly $2 million nationwide LCV campaign to hold climate change deniers in Congress accountable for their extreme voting record. 

“Ron Johnson must be nervous about this ad because he’s responded with inflammatory rhetoric without even seeing it first,” said Jeff Gohringer, National Press Secretary for the League of Conservation Voters. “Senator Johnson knows he can’t defend his extreme anti-science views and the last thing he needs is for his constituents to find out about them.”

The ad highlights that Sen. Johnson has received $109,550 in career campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry while voting to let them keep polluting our air without any limits.  Documentation for the ad can be found here.

Sen. Johnson’s extreme voting record includes voting to permanently block the Environmental Protection Agency from reducing greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act and to undermine fuel efficiency standards that are curbing carbon pollution and saving Wisconsin families money at the pump. Senator Johnson has also voted for funding cuts that would prevent action to curb greenhouse gas pollution.

Sen. Johnson has said, “I absolutely do not believe in the science of man-caused climate change. It’s not proven by any stretch of the imagination… It's far more likely that it's sunspot activity or just something in the geologic eons of time.”

Sen. Johnson’s positions are out of step with his constituents, and LCV urges them to contact the Senator 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.

Sen. Johnson’s extreme voting record has earned him an abysmal 4% 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 http://scorecard.lcv.org

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