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LCV Names Three Climate Change Deniers to 2010 Dirty Dozen

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or September 28, 2010  

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, announced three new additions to the 2010 Dirty Dozen list: Sharron Angle (NV-Sen), Ron Johnson (WI-Sen) and Ken Buck (CO-Sen). All three candidates vehemently oppose comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation and deny the sound and settled science of global warming.

“These candidates represent a triple threat to efforts to act on the sound and settled science of climate change and build a clean energy economy that creates jobs and increases our national security,” said Tony Massaro, LCV Senior Vice President for Political Affairs. “Their extremist views on climate change put them far outside the mainstream, while their support for the failed energy polices of the past make them unfit for the U.S. Senate.”

During her campaign for the U.S. Senate, Sharron Angle has called for the elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency and referred to the BP escrow account as a “Slush Fund”. [1] As a member of the Nevada State Assembly, Angle received dismal environmental scores of 17% in 2003 and 14% in 2005 from the Nevada Conservation League. [2] She also supports the permanent storage of highly radioactive nuclear waste from across the nation in Yucca Mountain, though she has called for the abolishment of the Department of Energy which would oversee such a project.[3] Angle has said “I don't, however, buy into the whole ... man-caused global warming, man-caused climate change mantra of the left. I believe that there's not sound science to back that up.”

[4] Ron Johnson is open to drilling in the Great Lakes 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. [5] 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.”[6]

Ken Buck prioritizes expanding on the dirty energy policies of the past over moving Colorado’s growing clean energy economy forward.[7] Buck has said “While I think the earth is warming, I don't think that man-made causes are the primary factor. I am one of those people that Al Gore refers to as a skeptic.”[8]

“These ‘Flat Earthers’ are parroting the lies and misinformation of corporate polluters and as Senators would side with Big Oil over American families at every opportunity,” said Massaro.

All three “Flat Earther” candidates are featured in a new video at, which provides more information on the extreme views of these and other 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

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[2] Nevada Conservation League Scorecard

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