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LCV Launches TV Ad in Response to Johnson’s Extreme Rhetoric Trying to Hide His Climate Change Denial

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

August 21, 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 second television ad highlighting Senator Ron Johnson’s extreme response to our ad last week holding him accountable for denying the proven science of climate change. 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.

“Senator Ron Johnson tried to change the subject by using offensive inflammatory rhetoric, but it’s not going to work. Senator Johnson’s constituents deserve to know that he’s following Big Oil’s playbook and denying climate change rather than doing what’s best for his state,” said Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters. 

The ad addresses Sen. Johnson’s extreme response to LCV’s ad last week highlighting his climate change denial.  An observer in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called his response “disrespectful,” “demagogic” and “beyond ignorant.” Backup for the ad is available here

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 climate denial comes at a time when we’re seeing climate-fueled disasters nationwide, with the Midwest especially vulnerable to weather extremes like heat waves, droughts, and floods.

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 stop denying the science and act on climate change.  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


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