The League of Conservation Voters President sent and excellent memo out to media yesterday about how many Republican Senate candidates deny the science of global warming, and if elected will undermine our efforts to transition to clean energy and address greenhouse gas emissions.  See below

The failure of the U.S. Senate to act on a comprehensive climate change and clean energy bill before the August recess makes it highly unlikely that such legislation will pass this year – which only serves to underscore the importance of the make-up of the U.S. Senate following this November’s midterm elections.

Unfortunately, a disturbing trend has emerged this year among the Republican Senate candidates running as challengers or in open seat races: a refusal to accept the sound and settled science that man-made carbon pollution is causing the planet to warm. Simply put, these candidates are full-fledged global warming deniers. If they win, the number of card-carrying members of this “Flat Earth Society” will rise exponentially in the world’s greatest deliberative body.

To be clear, despite an orchestrated misinformation campaign – funded in large part by the oil industry and other corporate polluters – independent scientific bodies across the world have found that climate change is unequivocal and driven largely by human activities, primarily the burning of fossil fuels and the clearing of forests. Worse yet, the impacts are occurring far faster than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change projected in its comprehensive 2007 report. Arctic sea ice is melting faster than anticipated. We just witnessed the hottest decade, hottest year, and hottest 6 months in the history of recorded temperature. The devastating floods in Pakistan and the forest fires in Russia are yet the latest reminders of the deadly impact of a warming world.

Yet most of the Republican candidates looking to join the U.S. Senate have taken positions on climate change that are decidedly outside of the mainstream. A few samplings are included below:

Wisconsin: Ron Johnson
“I absolutely do not believe that the science of man-caused climate change is proven. Not by any stretch of the imagination. I think it’s far more likely that it’s just sunspot activity, or something just in the geologic eons of time where we have changes in the climate.” (
8/19/10)

New Hampshire: All Republican Senate Candidates
It was symbolic when the six Republican candidates for U.S. Senate stood up together side-by-side during a debate Wednesday. It resembled their positions on major issues. … All said man-made global warming hasn’t been proven.
(8/18/10)

Alaska: Joe Miller
“We haven’t heard there’s man-made global warming.” (
8/10)

Pennsylvania: Pat Toomey
“There is much debate in the scientific community as to the precise sources of global warming.”
6/14/10, http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10165/1065472-84.stm

Nevada: Sharon Angle
“I don’t, however, buy into the whole … man-caused global warming, man-caused climate change mantra of the left. I believe that there’s not sound science to back that up.” (
5/26/10)

California: Carly Fiorina
(Asked “Is climate change real?”) “I’m not sure. I think we should have the confidence and courage to test the science.” (
3/18/10)

Colorado: Ken Buck
“I’ll tell you, I have looked at global warming, now climate change, from both sides. While I think the earth is warming, I don’t think that man-made causes are the primary factor. I am one of those people that Al Gore refers to as a skeptic.”(
3/10)

Florida: Marco Rubio
“I don’t think there’s the scientific evidence to justify [climate change].” (
2/13/10)

Kentucky: Rand Paul
“…[climate change] may or may not be true, but they’re making up their facts to fit their conclusions.” (
2/10)

Missouri: Roy Blunt
“There isn’t any real science to say we are altering the climate path of the earth.” (
4/29/09)