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LCV Urges Voters to Turn Out the Lights on Senator Dole

Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or September 15, 2008  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, today announced that Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) has been named to its 2008 “Dirty Dozen” list. Dole has a lifetime score of only 4% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.*
“Senator Dole’s record proves that she’s working in the best interests of Exxon/Mobil, not the people of Raleigh/Durham.  For Chevron, not the people of Charlotte.  For the lobbyists of big oil, not the people of small town North Carolina,” LCV Senior Vice President Tony Massaro said. “Instead of protecting clean water and clean air for our health or developing clean energy for our children, she votes in favor of oil company profits every time.”

Dole has earned one of the lowest LCV lifetime scores of any member of congress. Voting against tax incentives for clean, renewable energy production and conservation, she has rejected a strategic long term energy policy for our nation’s future. Senator Dole is also a staunch supporter of extending the unjustifiable subsidies and tax breaks given to Big Oil at a time when the industry’s profits have set records and prices at the pump have never been higher.  She accepted more than $266,456 from the oil and gas industry while supporting billions of dollars in taxpayer handouts to big oil companies. 

In 2007 alone, Dole voted to weaken CAFÉ standards, eliminate any increase in renewable energy production, and support the deployment of liquid coal which produces nearly double the global warming pollution as conventional gasoline. Even the partisan group Republicans for Environmental Protection gave her an abysmal average score of 10 out of a possible 100 for 2005-2007.

Through her rejection of reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025, Dole demonstrated that investing in a renewable future is not a priority. She opposed targeting 100,000 clean, hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010 and sought to allow the oil and gas industry to avoid regulations designed to reduce the amount of dangerous mercury that pours of smokestacks and settles in our lakes, rivers and streams.

While Dole likes to paint herself as an environmentalist on the campaign trail, telling the Gaston Gazette that “that she is sometimes guilty of turning off so many lights in her hotel room she can't see to get around,” the facts prove that her commitment to clean energy is as thin as the paper her stump speech is written on.

“Turning off lights in your hotel room will help save energy and reduce global warming pollution,” Massaro said. “Turning off the lights in Senator Dole’s office will do a lot more.  America needs real energy leaders and the citizens of North Carolina deserve Senators who work for them, not politicians stumbling around in the dark doing the bidding of the oil companies.”

LCV’s trademark “Dirty Dozen” program targets current and former members of Congress – regardless of party affiliation – who consistently vote against the environment and are running in races where LCV has a serious chance of affecting the outcome.

* 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

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