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LCV Names Dennis Rehberg & Heather Wilson to Dirty Dozen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mike Palamuso, (202) 454-4598 or mike_palamuso@lcv.org

17 May 2012  |  Lea Brumfield

WASHINGTON – Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) named Montana Senate candidate Rep. Dennis Rehberg and New Mexico Senate candidate and former Rep. Heather Wilson to its 2012 “Dirty Dozen” list. This is the first time Rehberg has been named to the “Dirty Dozen,” while Wilson was named to the list during two previous election cycles (2002 and 2006).

LCV plans to make both of these races top priorities this cycle. In Montana, LCV has already reported $170,000 in expenditures on a door-to-door campaign in Billings, Missoula, Helena and Bozeman to get pro-conservation voters to vote by mail for Sen. John Tester. Additionally, LCV Action Fund has already raised more $96,000 for Tester and $109,000 for New Mexico Rep. Martin Heinrich via its GiveGreen website.

“Dennis Rehberg has repeatedly sided with corporate polluters over Montana’s hunters and fishermen, working to undermine critical clean air and water protections and put large swaths of Montana’s world-class wild lands and open space at risk,” said Navin Nayak, Senior Vice President of Campaigns.

Rehberg’s anti-conservation record:

  • Rehberg has earned an abysmal 6% LCV lifetime score during his time in the House. [LCV National Environmental Scorecard]
  • Over the course of his political career, Rehberg has taken $539,407 from the oil and gas industry, making him one of the top-30 recipients of oil and gas money to serve in the House of Representatives.  [Center for Responsive Politics; Center for Responsive Politics]
  • Rehberg co-sponsored legislation which would allow 60 million acres of public lands to lose protection from oil and gas drilling, unchecked development and other threats, including 6 million acres of public land in Montana that is used for hunting, fishing and hiking. [HR1581; The Wilderness Society, 7/29/11; Missoula Independent, 9/22/11; Flathead Beacon, 9/28/11]
  • Rehberg co-sponsored a bill that would grant the Department of Homeland Security unprecedented power to ignore 36 environmental laws in a 100 mile zone of federal land, including the Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.  The impacted public lands would include Montana’s own Glacier National Park. [HR1505; McClatchy, 10/25/11; UPI, 9/27/11]
  • Rehberg voted to block the EPA from enforcing regulations on greenhouse gas emissions and mercury pollution. [HR1, House Vote 96, 2/18/11; HR 2681, House Vote 764, 10/6/11; HR2250, House Vote 791, 10/13/11; HR1, House Vote 86, 2/17/11]

“Heather Wilson was one of Big Oil’s best friends when she was in Washington, and given the opportunity to return, there’s no doubt that she will continue to put polluter profits ahead of New Mexico families,” added Nayak.

Wilson’s anti-conservation record:

  • Wilson earned just a 15% LCV lifetime score during her time in the House. [LCV National Environmental Scorecard]
  • Over the course of her political career, Wilson has taken $642,182 from the oil and gas industry, making her one of the top-20 recipients of oil and gas money to serve in the House of Representatives.  [Center for Responsive Politics; Center for Responsive Politics]
  • Wilson consistently voted to protect tax incentives and loopholes for oil and gas companies while in office, and has vowed to protect oil subsidies in the Senate. [2/27/08; HR6, House Vote 40, 1/18/07; HR6, House Vote 132, 4/21/05; Albuquerque Journal, 12/4/11]
  • Wilson has rejected the overwhelming scientific consensus that human activity is contributing to climate change. [Albuquerque Journal, 5/2/08; Albuquerque Journal, 10/28/06]
  • Wilson claimed that the EPA doesn’t have the “legislative authority” to limit harmful industrial carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act. [Newsmakers, 4/24/12]

LCV's trademark “Dirty Dozen” program targets candidates for Congress — regardless of party affiliation — who consistently vote against clean energy and conservation and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome. Since 1996, 60 percent of the “Dirty Dozen” have been defeated. LCV has previously named Virginia Senate candidate George Allen and Rep. Tim Holden to its 2012 “Dirty Dozen.” Rep. Holden was defeated last month in the Democratic primary for Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district.

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