WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, announced the nominees for the 2010 Dirty Dozen “People’s Choice” vote.
“LCV owes its impressive record of defeating Dirty Dozen candidates to the voters who want members of Congress to stand up for them over corporate polluters and other special interests,” said Tony Massaro, LCV Senior Vice President for Political Affairs. “We are thrilled to give those same voters the opportunity to select the next member of the 2010 Dirty Dozen from amongst a crop of candidates who have all sided with Big Oil over a new clean energy future.”
The “People’s Choice” of the 2010 Dirty Dozen will be open to an online vote from April 5-9. The nominees are:
· Pennsylvania Senate Candidate Pat Toomey (R-PA) –Toomey, who served in the House from 1999-2005, has parroted Big Oil’s misinformation on climate legislation while also supporting efforts to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Lifetime LCV Score: 11%.*
· Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) – Bachmann not only voted against the American Clean Energy & Security Act, but she spread misinformation leading up to the vote, claiming that carbon dioxide, which contributes to global warming, is a harmless gas. Lifetime LCV Score: 3%.*
· Representative Bobby Bright (D-AL) – Bright is a freshman who voted against the American Clean Energy & Security Act, and is currently working to prevent the EPA from regulating global warming pollution. Lifetime LCV Score: 36%.*
· Former Representative Tim Walberg (R-MI) – A veteran of LCV’s Dirty Dozen list, Walberg has consistently voted against repealing subsidies to Big Oil and against increasing the use of clean energy. Lifetime LCV Score: 3%.*
· Representative Dan Lungren (R-CA) – Lungren has repeatedly opposed incentives to boost clean energy production and protect our air and water, which includes voting against American Clean Energy & Security Act last year. Lifetime LCV Score: 3%.*
Votes for the “People’s Choice” can be cast beginning this Monday, April 5 through Friday, April 9, at http://www.lcv.org/dirtydozenvote. The candidate which receives the most votes during this period will be targeted for defeat this November as part of the 2010 Dirty Dozen campaign.
LCV's trademark Dirty Dozen program targets candidates for Congress — regardless of party affiliation — who consistently vote against clean energy and conservation and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome. Since 1996, more than 60 percent of the Dirty Dozen have been defeated. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Congressman Roy Blunt (R-MO) and former Congressmen Steve Pearce (R-NM) and Richard Pombo (R-CA) are currently on the 2010 Dirty Dozen list. Learn more at http://www.lcv.org/campaigns/dirty-dozen/.
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* The non-partisan LCV Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate Members of Congress on conservation and clean energy issues. Based on key conservation votes in the House and Senate, it is often used by the media to quickly describe a Member's record. For more information, visit www.lcv.org/scorecard.
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