Friday, October 15, 2010

Huffington Post: Denying Climate Change and Receiving Big Oil Money Not Mutually Exclusive

The Huffington Post published a piece yesterday highlighting a not-so-shocking trend among climate-denying candidates for Congress. It notes that of all Republican candidates vying for the 37 open Senate seats this election, none support climate and energy legislation, with most outright questioning the sound and settled science of climate change, and that most have received considerable campaign contributions from dirty energy interests, such as Koch Industries and Murray Energy.

Many of these candidates are also members of LCV's 2010 Dirty Dozen List. This includes Koch Industry favorite, Ron Johnson (WI-Sen), as well as Roy Blunt (MO-Sen) and Carly Fiorina (CA-Sen), both of whom count Murray Energy as top contributors. The piece also cites Pat Toomey (PA-Sen):

Pennsylvania Senate candidate Pat Toomey drew headlines when he said in a local radio interview on Friday, that the degree to which human activity is to blame for global warming is being "very much disputed" and "debated."...Trolling Opensecrets.org, HuffPost found Toomey's top contributors include oil and coal giants Koch Industries ($15,000) and Murray Energy ($16,655).

Speaking on behalf of Joe Sestak - Toomey's competitor - campaign spokesman Jonathon Dworkin referred to Toomey as "another closed-minded ideologue bent on insisting that the 'world is flat.'" We couldn’t agree more. Toomey is a card-carrying member of what LCV President Gene Karpinski likes to call the Flat Earth Society, as are many of the candidates The Huffington Post mentions.