WASHINGTON – Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, announced that U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri’s 7th District and candidate for U.S. Senate has been named to its 2010 "Dirty Dozen" list. Rep. Roy Blunt’s lifetime LCV environmental score is an abysmal 2%. In 2009, he received a 0% score after voting against every major piece of clean energy and environmental legislation. LCV also launched BigOilBlunt.com, a website dedicated to exposing Rep. Blunt’s ongoing efforts to stand in the way of progress on clean energy and protect Big Oil’s profits.
“In his twelve years in office, Rep. Roy Blunt has taken good care of Big Oil by maintaining their costly tax breaks while continually voting against opportunities to create clean energy jobs, reduce pollution and improve fuel economy for Missourians,” said Tony Massaro, Senior Vice President for Political Affairs at the League of Conservation Voters. “As Senator, Roy Blunt would be paid for by Big Oil and that’s exactly why LCV is naming Roy Blunt to the Dirty Dozen for the 2010 campaign cycle.”
Roy Blunt has accepted more than $1 million from Big Oil and other energy interests over his entire career, $460,198 from the Oil and Gas industry alone. He has been an unwavering supporter of Big Oil through his votes to maintain tax breaks and subsidies to polluting corporations while Missourians paid record prices at the pump.
Rep. Blunt has consistently voted against repealing subsidies to Big Oil, against increasing the use of renewable electricity and against efforts to help American drivers go further on a gallon of gas. In 2009, he most notably voted twice, in committee and on the floor, against the American Clean Energy and Security Act that would help create 35,000 clean energy jobs in Missouri, reduce carbon pollution and increase energy independence.
“Rep. Blunt has made his position clear: he does not support a clean energy future for Missouri families. His attempts to block progress on clean energy put him drastically out of touch with Missourians who overwhelmingly supported a Renewable Electricity Standard on the 2008 ballot,” said Massaro.
A November statewide poll showed two-thirds of Missouri voters support legislation that reduces pollution and requires the use of clean energy sources, with 59% of voters saying they would feel more favorable towards a senator who supports such a plan.
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. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) 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/
Rep. Blunt’s Dirty Dozen website can be found here: http://www.bigoilblunt.com/
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 The non-partisan LCV National Environmental 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.
 Center for American Progress & Political Economy Research Institute, http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/06/clean_energy_map.html