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LCV Applauds Defeat of Prop. 23, Rejection of "Flat Earther" Senate Candidates

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or November 3, 2010  

WASHINGTON — Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, applauded the defeat of Proposition 23 in California, climate deniers vying for Senate seats and the election of clean energy champions to the U.S. Senate.

LCV President Gene Karpinski released the following statement on the results of the 2010 election:

"More than three months ago LCV said that the most important race in the country was California's Proposition 23, which is why we took the unprecedented step of naming it to the 'Dirty Dozen.' In the one race where the words 'global warming' were literally on the ballot, voters overwhelmingly voted for clean energy, and did so in a state with the country's third highest unemployment rate, because they recognize that transitioning to a clean energy future is a path towards renewed economic prosperity. This victory lays the groundwork for clean energy advances in other states and at the federal level as it represents the largest public referendum in history on clean energy and climate policy."

At the congressional level, we are of course disappointed that many of our friends were defeated, but it is clear that this election was about larger macro issues. Incumbents who voted for and against comprehensive energy and climate legislation lost. However, despite these strong headwinds, seven of the 13 LCV named to the 'Dirty Dozen' were defeated.

This year we also saw a disturbing trend emerge in which nearly every Republican candidate for Senate rejected the sound and settled science that man-made carbon pollution contributes to climate change. Fortunately, voters this cycle rejected 'flat earthers' like Carly Fiorina, Christine O'Donnell, Sharron Angle and Ken Buck, choosing instead to return to Washington clean energy champions like Barbara Boxer, Harry Reid and Michael Bennet. Elsewhere, voters elected new clean energy leaders to the Senate, such as Richard Blumenthal and Chris Coons."

[Click here for the memo on our Battleground Election Night Survey, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.]


2010 Campaign Highlights:

  • Independent expenditure spending: $5.5 million [1]
  • Money raised for candidates via GiveGreen: $1,007,010 [2]
  • Money contributed to candidates: $331,293 [2]
  • Money contributed to defeat Proposition 23: $1.2 million [3]
  • Doors canvassed: 555,285
  • Mail pieces sent: 1,263,095
  • Phone calls made: 1,963,978
  • TV ads: 9
  • Radio ads: 3
  • Web videos: 6

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[1] Includes spending by LCV, LCV Action Fund and LCV Victory Fund.
[2] Activity conducted by LCV Action Fund.
[3] Includes spending by LCV and LCV Education Fund

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