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LCV Launches Second Round of Television Ads Holding Climate Change Deniers Accountable

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

22 Aug 2013  


Part of the nearly $2 million nationwide accountability campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today launched a second round of television ads holding Representatives Rodney Davis (IL-13), Dan Benishek (MI-1), and Mike Coffman (CO-6) accountable for their denial of climate change. The ads follow the release of a second ad yesterday targeting Senator Ron Johnson (WI), and are part of our nearly $2 million nationwide television ad campaign holding members of Congress accountable for denying climate change. 

“These members of Congress are following Big Oil’s playbook and denying the scientific consensus on climate change instead of doing what’s best for their constituents,” said Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters. 

The campaign includes television ads criticizing Reps. Coffman, Benishek, and Davis for denying the proven science of climate change and opposing efforts to reduce carbon pollution. LCV released a second ad targeting Sen. Johnson yesterday for his extreme response to our first ad last week. 

Their extreme positions put them at odds with their own constituents. LCV is urging these constituents to contact their Congressman to tell him that it’s time to stop denying the science and act on climate change.  According to NASA, human activity is causing climate change, and extreme weather is increasing due to it. Their climate change denial comes at a time when the Midwest is especially vulnerable to weather extremes like heat waves, droughts, and floods, and Colorado has suffered the worst wildfires in its history.

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 also 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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