FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or Jeff_Gohringer@lcv.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today launched a new web video correcting Rep. Allen West’s misleading new ad on his environmental record. Despite West’s claims in his ad, he has voted to give Big Oil billions in wasteful taxpayer-funded subsidies, to prevent the EPA from setting water pollution standards and even to allow drilling in the Florida Everglades.
“The only thing more appalling than Allen West’s extreme anti-environmental voting record is his attempt to pretend it doesn’t exist,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President for Campaigns.
Although West claims in his ad that he wants to cut “wasteful spending,” he actually voted for some of the most wasteful – taxpayer-funded subsidies for Big Oil, which rank among the most profitable companies on the face of the planet. In fact, from 2005 to 2010, the five biggest oil companies raked in over $500 billion in profits while laying off over 11,000 workers in the U.S.
West also claimed that he’s “working to protect our environment by supporting beach renourishment efforts,” but he’s voted in Congress to block EPA standards preventing pollution in Florida’s lakes, rivers, and streams. He’s also voted for legislation that would dismantle the Clean Water Act, which is helping protect Florida’s waterways for swimming, fishing, and drinking.
In his ad, West also claimed to have opposed oil drilling in the Everglades, but in reality, he actually voted against preventing oil drilling in the Great Lakes and Everglades. The Sun Sentinel reported that “[r]ather than push rigs into deeper waters, West wants to bring them close to shore.”
West’s extreme voting record has earned him a horrible 11% score on LCV’s 2011 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.
Backup for the ad is available here.
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