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LCV’s ‘Flat Earth Five’ Program Helps Defeat Four House Incumbents This Election Cycle

Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or

November 16, 2012  

WASHINGTON – Following last night’s report that Ami Bera has defeated Rep. Dan Lungren (CA-07), the League of Conservation Voters “Flat Earth Five” campaign has helped defeat four climate change deniers in the House of Representatives this election cycle. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-24), Rep. Francisco Canseco (TX-23) and Rep. Joe Walsh (IL-08) were also defeated.

“The fossil fuel industry and their allies funneled millions of dollars into campaigns this cycle, but the success of the Flat Earth Five program demonstrates that denying the science of climate change is not only morally wrong, it’s also bad politics,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President for Campaigns.                                                                                                                                                                  

After launching the “Flat Earth Five” campaign in June, LCV and LCV Victory Fund spent $3 million across these five districts:

·  Ran 10 TV ads, including two in Spanish

·  Dropped 10 pieces of mail to more than 100,000 voters

·  Developed two online videos targeting these members for being climate deniers

·  Ran 12 billboards

·  Made more than 300,000 phone calls to persuasion and GOTV voters

Last year, the Washington Post cited a National Academy of Sciences finding that “97–98% of the climate researchers most actively publishing in the field” believe that humans are contributing to global warming. Even the Department of Defense has recognized that climate change will play a “significant role” in the future security environment. 

Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change, members of the Flat Earth Five never let facts get in their way. Rep. Buerkle has said that climate change is a “myth,” Rep. Canseco has stated that climate change policies are based on “manufactured global warming data,” Rep. Lungren has claimed that climate change science is based on “ideological bias” and Rep. Walsh has said that climate science is “far from settled.”

LCV and affiliated political committees have spent nearly $14 million this cycle—more than the last three cycles combined—to defend clean energy and climate champions like President Obama and candidates for the House and Senate nationwide.  Beyond our independent expenditure work, LCV Action Fund also raised and contributed more than $2 million for candidates, more than ever before.

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