WASHINGTON, DC – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), the independent political voice for the environment, today revealed that North Carolina Rep. Charles Taylor has taken $122,765 in his career from oil and gas companies, including $24,150 this election cycle, all the while promoting their interests on Capitol Hill.
Last month, Rep. Taylor was named to LCV’s 2006 “Dirty Dozen” list, in recognition of his poor environmental voting record in the House of Representatives.
“Rep. Charles Taylor has yet to meet a bill sponsored by Big Oil that he didn’t like, and it looks like there are 122,765 reasons why,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “He voted for the 2005 energy bill, thereby showering these profitable oil companies with billions in giveaways. On top of that, he voted against simple solutions to our energy challenges like requiring that new cars go further on a gallon of gas. In North Carolina alone, this provision would have returned $628 million a year to residents*.”
Rep. Taylor, whose lifetime LCV score is 5 percent, received a 7 percent for the 109th Congress.
“Rep. Taylor’s refusal to be part of the solution, to help create a new energy future based on clean, renewable technologies shows just how out-of-touch he is with his constituents in the 11th District,” Mr. Karpinski said.
Over the last decade, LCV’s “Dirty Dozen” list has held elected officials accountable for their votes and actions by highlighting some of the worst environmental records in Congress. Since its inception in 1996, more than half of the candidates named to the “Dirty Dozen” have subsequently been voted out of office.
To learn more about the Dirty Dozen and to view LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard, visit www.lcv.org.
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The nonprofit League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is the independent political voice for the environment. To secure the environmental future of our planet, LCV's mission is to advocate for sound environmental policies and to elect pro-environmental candidates who will adopt and implement such policies. For more information, please visit us on the web at www.lcv.org.