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LCV Launches Nearly $2 Million Nationwide Ad Campaign Holding Climate Change Deniers Accountable

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Gohringer, (202) 454-4573 or jeff_gohringer@lcv.org

12 Aug 2013  

Highlights their extreme, anti-science views and policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today launched a nearly $2 million nationwide television ad campaign holding members of Congress accountable for their denial of climate change and extreme voting records. The ads, which target Senator Ron Johnson and Representatives Rodney Davis, Dan Benishek and Mike Coffman, will begin running this week across their districts.  

“The American people are tired of Washington politicians ignoring basic scientific facts and standing in the way of action on climate change,” said Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters. “This ad campaign shows that members of Congress won’t be able to sweep their extreme, anti-science voting records under the rug.”

The campaign includes television ads criticizing Rep. Coffman, Rep. Benishek, and Rep. Davis for their extreme views and denying the proven science of climate change. The fourth ad criticizing Sen. Ron Johnson will be released later this week. 

Their extreme positions put them at odds with their own constituents. LCV is urging their constituents to contact these members of Congress to tell them 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.

This ad campaign follows the release of bipartisan polling  by LCV showing that young voters across the country are particularly concerned about climate change and support federal action to address it. A solid majority in the poll said they are willing to hold accountable those who ignore the problem, going so far as to describe climate change deniers as “ignorant” and “out-of-touch.”

Members of Congress targeted in this ad campaign have some of the worst lifetime scores on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. Sen. Johnson’s voting record has earned him an abysmal 4% lifetime score, Rep. Coffman has earned a 6% lifetime score, and Rep. Benishek has earned a 6% lifetime score.  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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