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WLCV Delivers Petition with More Than 50,000 Signatures to Senator Johnson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Gohringer, (202) 454-4573 or jeff_gohringer@lcv.org

27 Aug 2013  

Demanding he apologize for inflammatory rhetoric & stop denying climate change  

WASHINGTON, DC – The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters (WLCV) today delivered a petition with more than 50,000 signatures to Senator Ron Johnson’s state offices demanding that he apologize for his recent inflammatory rhetoric and stop blocking action on climate change. The petition was signed by WLCV and national LCV members and follows the release of LCV’s newest TV ad targeting Senator Johnson last week. 

“Like most people seeking action on climate change, I represent none of the extreme things Senator Johnson has tried to label me. I'm someone who cares about conservation; our water, our air, and the future of my kids. As long as Senator Johnson puts his own opinions about the consensus of 97% of scientists, we're in trouble," said Diana Lawrence of Appleton, a Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters member.

“It’s clearer than ever that Senator Johnson is on the wrong side of basic science and his own constituents. He should listen to the people of Wisconsin and stop standing in the way of action on climate change,” said Jeff Gohringer, National Press Secretary for the League of Conservation Voters.    

Earlier this month, LCV launched a major television ad campaign criticizing Senator Ron Johnson for denying the proven science of climate change as part of a nearly $2 million nationwide campaign to hold climate change deniers in Congress accountable. Before the ad was even released, Johnson accused LCV of waging an “environmental jihad” and claimed they had formed an “unholy alliance” with President Obama.

Following those remarks, tens of thousands of people in Wisconsin and across the nation signed LCV’s petition. An observer in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also called his response “disrespectful,” “demagogic” and “beyond ignorant.”

Last week, LCV launched a second television ad highlighting Senator Johnson’s extreme response and continued denial of climate change. The ad is currently running in the Green Bay market.

Senator Johnson has said, “I absolutely do not believe in the science of man-caused climate change. It’s not proven by any stretch of the imagination… It's far more likely that it's sunspot activity or just something in the geologic eons of time.” Senator Johnson is standing by his climate denial at a time when we’re seeing climate-fueled disasters nationwide, with the Midwest especially vulnerable to weather extremes like heat waves, droughts, and floods.

Senator Johnson’s extreme voting record has earned him an abysmal 4% lifetime score on LCV’s 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://scorecard.lcv.org

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