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Dirty Polluters

Congress' Next Polluter Giveaway: Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban

Gene Karpinski | Posted 11.30.2016 | Green
Gene Karpinski

Instead of promoting dirty energy that degrades our lands and harms our climate, America's energy and environmental policy should be focused on promoting clean energy, energy efficiency, and other solutions to climate change while investing in America's natural heritage.

Lawmakers Who Back Big Polluters Risk Losing GOP Voters

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 03.18.2015 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

New comprehensive analysis from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication reveals a growing divide within the Republican Party over climate change.

#DirtyDenier$ Day 20: Senator James Inhofe

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Though the winds often come sweeping down the plains in Oklahoma, they have not blown hard enough to clear away the misguided, misleading views of Sen. James Inhofe. Inhofe is a top ranking Dirty Denier because of his campaign funding from dirty sources and his terrible votes against the environment.

Dirty Denier$ Day 19: Congressman Fred Upton

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

It's time for Congressman Upton to once again reinvent himself. It's time to stop being a Dirty Denier$ and start being a clean energy champion for his state.

Dirty Denier$ Day 18: Congressman Ed Whitfield

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Congressman Whitfield should learn the many benefits of reducing pollution. Lives saved, asthma attacks prevented, and heart attacks avoided just to name a few.

Dirty Denier$ Day 17: Congressman Rodney Davis

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Rep. Rodney Davis is far out of step with most Americans who want clean air, land, water and for the government to do something about climate change. And he needs to show some leadership by embracing his own words by taking action on climate change.

Dirty Denier$ Day 16: Congressman Henry Cuellar

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

We did a little digging and found an interesting pattern. It turns out that while Rep. Cuellar's pro-environment votes went way, way down, his contributions from the oil & gas industry went up -- way, way up.

DirtyDenier$ Day 15: Congressman Steve Daines

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Reading through Montana Rep. Steve Daines' list of campaign contributors is like looking at a who's who of dirty polluters.

DirtyDenier$ Day 14: Pat Toomey

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

One look at Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey's voting record in 2013 explains why he is the winner of our next Dirty Denier$ award. He voted against every piece of environmental legislation except one.

#DirtyDenier$ Day 13: Congressman Tom Latham

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Congressman Tom Latham represents a large, windy district in Iowa. But unfortunately the winds of change don't seem to have blown strongly enough to change his outdated views on energy and climate policy.

#DirtyDenier$ Day 12: Rob Portman

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Despite his easy smile, when it comes to energy and climate, Sen. Rob Portman is a conflicted man. On the one hand, he's a cosponsor of a bipartisan ...

#DirtyDenier$ Day 11: Congressman Mike Coffman

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Rep. Coffman isn't willing to simply trumpet his denialism, probably because voters in Colorado (where Coffman represents a district of suburban Denver with an almost equal number of Republicans and Democrats) believe global warming is happening and are worried about it.

#DirtyDenier$ Day 5: Congressman John M. Shimkus

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

It's not just dirty money that earns Congressman Shimkus today's Dirty Denier award, it's his opposition to reducing dangerous carbon pollution.

#DirtyDenier$ Day 4: Congressman Cory Gardner

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Why is Congressman Cory Gardner smiling? Maybe it's because in just four years in Congress, he has raised $695,000 from dirty polluters from the oil and gas industry, who happen to be the largest source of his contributions.

#DirtyDenier$ Day 3: Senator Marco Rubio

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Back in 2007 Rubio seemed to believe in the importance of solving climate change, and the scientific evidence has only grown stronger since then. What's also grown since 2007? The amount of money pumped into Rubio's campaign coffers by polluter interests.

#DirtyDenier$ Day 2: Congressman Tim Walberg

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.05.2014 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

It's time for Walberg to stop throwing up roadblocks against protections for public health. He could start by supporting the EPA's Clean Power Plan to tackle climate change.

#DirtyDenier$ Day 1: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

The Senate is (sadly) full of climate deniers, but none of them is more dangerous than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. That's because Sen. McConnell possesses that dangerous combination of denialism and power.