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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 hitting Mitt Romney for making some of the most serious issues our country faces into a punch line. The video hits Romney for joking about issues like climate change, unemployment, jobs and his tax returns.
“Romney may treat climate change as nothing more than punch line, but it’s no laughing matter for those families facing the threat of rising sea levels, raging wildfires and record droughts,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President for Campaigns.
The video includes footage of Romney making climate change a punch line during his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. But Romney’s position is no laughing matter - if he is successful in November, Romney would be the first President to reject the scientific consensus on climate change.
The Los Angeles Times quoted Romney’s domestic policy advisor as saying of Romney, “He doesn't know the extent to which climate change is occurring or that human activity is causing it." 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.
Just a few months ago, Romney came out in favor of letting the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy expire. The Wind Energy Association has estimated that letting the tax credit expire will cost 37,000 jobs nationwide. LCV Victory Fund launched a television ad campaign earlier this month featuring a former employee of a Colorado wind turbine manufacturing plant who says he recently “got laid off because Mitt Romney and his friends in Congress want to eliminate tax credits for wind energy.”
While Romney’s energy agenda would devastate the renewable energy sector, it would be a boon to the oil industry. As the Center for American Progress Action Fund recently documented, under Romney’s tax plan, “The world’s five biggest public oil companies … would keep special tax breaks worth $2.4 billion each year. And by cutting corporate tax rates, the Romney plan could lower the companies’ annual tax bill by another $2.3 billion.”
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