LCVs Environmental Scorecard Marred by Partisan Politics, Inhofe Says

Inhofe Fought LCV Agenda Which Would Have Driven Up Costs On Oklahoma Families

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. One of the three votes used by the LCV to score Senators was on the Lieberman-Warner bill (S. 2191). The Lieberman-Warner bill would have increased household costs for every family of 4 in Oklahoma by $3,298. Because of the rising cost of home heating and electricity, the average increase per U.S. household will be $1,740 per year by 2020, according to Charles River Associates. Further, Lieberman-Warner would increased costs at the pump. Read more about the high cost of Lieberman-Warner on Oklahoma.

"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. The fact is, Lieberman-Warner would have driven up costs on American families and would have put thousands of Americans out of work.

"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."

Related Links:

The High Cost of Lieberman-Warner on Oklahoma Families

We Don't Need a Climate Tax on the Poor (Senator Inhofe, The Wall Street Journal)

Inhofe Report Exposes Environmental Groups as ‘Massive Democratic Political Machines' - September 25, 2008

Weblink to Inhofe's full 2008 report: Political Activity of Environmental Groups and their Supporting Foundations

Follow up to Report:  Defenders of Wildlife's Partisan & Misleading Ads on Aerial Wolf Hunt - October 15, 2008

INHOFE DISMISSES LCV'S ATTACK AS "WASHINGTON POLITICS AT ITS WORST" - September 9, 2007

Boxer's Math Does Not Add Up: Letter Reveals 10 Democratic Senators Opposed Climate Tax Bill  - June 6, 2008

Inhofe: Dems Running on Empty - Oped in Human Events - June 16 , 2008

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