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LCV Web Video Hits Benishek for Outrageous Statements on Climate Change

Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or

October 26, 2012  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today launched a new web video against Rep. Dan Benishek (MI-01) highlighting his response to a climate change question at a recent debate. When asked if global warming was a major threat to the Great Lakes, Benishek said “I’m not sure how significant global warming is” as the audience booed and laughed at his denial of climate change.

“Audiences are laughing at Dan Benishek’s denial of climate science today, and they’ll be voting against him in November,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President of Campaigns.

Benishek told the audience to be “ very skeptical of science,” and falsely claimed, “You have to write a paper, you have to have 8 or 10 different non-associated people who have the same skill set concur and find the same results. That’s not happening in the research papers that we see about global warming.”

In reality, the scientific views on climate change are as solid as any public policy question will ever get, with the National Academy of Sciences finding that nearly all climate researchers most actively publishing on this topic believe that humans are contributing to climate change.  

In July, LCV named Benishek to its $2 million “Flat Earth Five” program, which aims to defeat five climate change deniers in the House of Representatives this election cycle. More information about the Flat Earth Five can be found online at

LCV also recently announced a new billboard campaign targeting Benishek for his extreme views on climate change. The billboards, which are up in Traverse City, Petoskey, and Gaylord through Election Day, read,  “When it comes to climate change, Congressman Dan Benishek keeps his head in the sand.”

Benishek has a lifetime score of just 3% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. The non-partisan LCV National Environmental 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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