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New LCV Video Hits Flat Earth Five for Statements on Climate Change

Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or

October 5, 2012  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today launched a new web video hitting members of their “Flat Earth Five” campaign for their outlandish and inaccurate comments on global warming and climate change science. The campaign is targeting five climate change deniers - Rep. Dan Benishek (MI-01), Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-24), Rep. Dan Lungren (CA-07), Rep. Francisco Canseco (TX-23) and Rep. Joe Walsh (IL-08) - for defeat in November.

“These members of Congress have backed up this outrageous climate rhetoric with their voting records, and it’s time we restore the place of science on Capitol Hill and defeat them in November,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President for Campaigns.

Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change, members of the Flat Earth Five aren’t letting facts get in their way. The video highlights Rep. Buerkle’s statement that climate change is a “myth,” Rep. Benishek’s comment that climate change is “all baloney,” Rep. Canseco’s statement that climate change policies are based on “manufactured global warming data,” Rep. Lungren’s claims that climate change science is based on “ideological bias” and Rep. Walsh’s statement that climate science is “far from settled.”

As part of their “Flat Earth Five” program, LCV will be spending at least $2 million across these five districts on television advertising, direct mail and an extensive phone program letting voters know that these members of Congress are dangerously out-of-step with their district on the issue of climate change. More information about the Flat Earth Five can be found online at

Earlier this week, LCV announced the launch of a new phone campaign targeting these members and highlighting their extreme, anti-science views on climate change. LCV will make more than 100,000 phone calls to voters across the five Congressional districts as they work to defeat them in November.

LCV has also launched a $600,000 television ad campaign against Rep. Canseco for voting to provide tax cuts for millionaires like him while slashing job-creating investments in clean energy. The Michigan League of Conservation Voters launched a $330,000 television ad campaign last month criticizing Rep. Benishek for his efforts to slash clean water standards protecting the Great Lakes and touting opponent Gary McDowell’s proven record of holding polluters accountable. As part of the ad campaign, two ads ran on broadcast and cable in the Traverse City and Marquette media markets.

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