WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, announced the addition of Ron Johnson (WI-Sen) to the 2010 Dirty Dozen list. Johnson vehemently opposes comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation and denies the sound and settled science of global warming.
“Ron Johnson belongs back in school rather than in the U.S. Senate. His outlandish claims that sunspots are somehow causing global warming shows he could use a few more science classes before he’s allowed to influence federal policies aimed at reducing pollution, protecting public health and creating clean energy jobs for Wisconsin families,” said Tony Massaro, LCV Senior Vice President for Political Affairs. “His extremist views on climate change put him far outside the mainstream, while his support for the failed energy polices of the past make him unfit for the U.S. Senate.”
Ron Johnson is open to drilling in Great Lakes like Lake Superior and Lake Michigan and consistently defended BP in the aftermath of the Gulf Coast oil spill. Johnson owns up to $315,000 in BP stock, up to $101,000 in Exxon Mobil stock and up to $50,000 in Occidental Petroleum stock. He has said that “I absolutely do not believe that the science of man-caused climate change is proven…I think it's far more likely that it's just sunspot activity, or something just in the geologic eons of time where we have changes in the climate.”
Johnson is also featured in a new video at www.flatearth.tv, which provides more information on the extreme views of many Republican Senate candidates.
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.
Senate candidates Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Carly Fiorina (R-CA) and House candidates Michelle Bachmann (R- MN), Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Steve Pearce (R-NM) are currently on the 2010 Dirty Dozen list. Former Congressman Richard Pombo (R-CA) was the first candidate to be defeated of the 2010 Dirty Dozen. Learn more at http://www.lcv.org/dirtydozen.
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