Reflecting America's disgust with members of Congress cozying up to Big Oil while energy prices soar and simple solutions go untried, we at the League of Conservation Voters this week unveiled the next seven members of our 2006 "Dirty Dozen," an aptly named group if there ever was one.
Our "Oil Slick Seven" include Senators Rick Santorum ($463,578 from oil and gas interests), Conrad Burns ($491,486) and Jim Talent ($225,372), joined by Representatives Richard Pombo ($229,988), Katherine Harris ($47,450), Heather Wilson ($396,370) and Bob Ney ($127,589.) LCV has targeted each of these characters for defeat, and we're currently running or planning campaigns against each. All in this group voted for the worst environmental bill in recent memory -- the Energy Bill -- giving billions in tax breaks to Big Oil at a time they are making billions in profit. They all voted to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and all but Harris voted against increased fuel economy standards for cars. Today, gas prices are at record levels, we are still far too dependent on oil, the impacts of global warming are becoming more and more clear and it's plain to see our government has no plan to change any of that.
While it's difficult to comprehend how these purported public servants can continue to blunder about while average Americans suffer from exorbitant energy prices, it's not difficult to see the solution. In November, Americans will have the opportunity to have their say about the "Oil Slick Seven" and their compatriots. That day of reckoning is fast approaching, and none too soon. For more information about the Dirty Dozen and LCV's other programs, please visit www.lcv.org