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LCV’s ‘Environmental Scorecard’ Marred by Partisan Politics, Inhofe Says
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today commented on the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) 2008 National Environmental Scorecard.
"The LCV is one of the most liberal partisan special-interest groups that make up the Democratic Party," Senator Inhofe said. "It should come as no surprise that I and many fellow Republicans have never received high marks from this Washington, D.C., liberal special-interest group. LCV simply measures the greenness of politicians by how many federal laws they impose on the American people.
“I released a report in September that details how LCV is a funding arm of the Democratic Party. LCV takes donations given to ‘save the environment’ and uses them to fund ads for Democratic candidates such as Ben Lujan from New Mexico. LCV, similar to other groups highlighted in my comprehensive funding report, disguises itself as an environmental group dedicated to saving the environment, yet it is simply an extension of the Democratic political party.
“LCV erroneously claimed that the failed Lieberman-Warner global warming cap-and-trade bill of June 2008 saw its ‘debate cut short’ by opponents. In reality, Senators who opposed the doomed bill were eager for the debate to continue while the bill’s sponsors wanted the bill to die a quick death.
“In addition, LCV claimed that 54 U.S. Senators ‘supported taking action’ with the failed cap-and-trade climate tax bill. LCV should check its math, as nearly 30% of Senate Democrats opposed the Lieberman-Warner cap-and-trade bill. In the end, Senator Boxer only had at most 35 Democratic Senators willing to vote for final passage on the largest tax bill in U.S. history. The Boxer Climate Tax Bill was so thoroughly disowned by Democratic Leadership that proponents of climate taxes will now be forced to start from scratch next year.”