FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or Jeff_Gohringer@lcv.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) will launch a new $120,000 television ad campaign criticizing Nevada Senator Dean Heller for voting to protect tax breaks for Big Oil at the expense of clean energy. The new ad begins running tomorrow in the Reno market and follows a separate major ad buy last month.
“It's appalling that Senator Heller voted to protect tax breaks for Big Oil at the expense of Nevada’s clean energy sector,” said Tiernan Sittenfeld, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at the League of Conservation Voters.
The new six-figure ad buy comes on the heels of last month’s $150,000 ad buy in Reno that also criticized Senator Heller’s votes in favor of Big Oil tax breaks. Between both ad buys, LCV has spent a combined $270,000 on the airwaves urging Senator Heller to vote to eliminate wasteful oil subsidies. The Senate may vote again on this issue later this year.
In addition to noting Senator Heller’s oil subsidy votes, the new ad also documents that he has voted against extending a key clean energy provision, the solar investment tax credit, which is expected to create 9,000 jobs in Nevada by 2016. The solar investment tax credit even pays for itself by creating taxable revenue, according to a recent analysis.
Senator Heller’s positions are out of step with his state, and LCV urges his constituents to contact the Senator to tell him to vote to support clean, renewable energy. In April, the Small Business Majority released a poll that found that 60% of Nevada small business owners believe that “government investments in clean energy and energy efficiency have an important role in boosting our national economy and creating jobs now.”
Senator Heller also recently voted to permanently block historic public health protections against mercury and other harmful air pollution from power plants. The extreme legislation (S.J. Res 37), sponsored by Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, would have threatened public health by overturning the EPA’s finalized Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The EPA estimates that these standards will save as many as 11,000 lives each year, while preventing as many as 4,700 heart attacks and 130,000 asthma attacks.
Senator Heller’s extreme voting record has earned him an abysmal 14% 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://www.lcv.org/scorecard.
Documentation for the ad can be found here.