The effort to vote out climate change deniers in Congress
continues. The campaign was initiated by a national,
non-profit organization that "aims to turn environmental values
into national priorities."
The campaign called "Defeat the Flat Earth Five" was initiated by
the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), a national, non-profit
organization that "aims to turn environmental values into national
Reps. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) and Dan Benishek
(R-MI) were the first named in the campaign, and Congressmen Dan
Lungren (R-CA) and Francisco Canseco (R-TX) were recently added. A fifth member of the
House has yet to be named.
Canseco explains why he is being unfairly targeted.
"I … that the rhetoric is totally wrong," he says. "It is really
counterproductive to have a debate about whether or not there's
climate change and whether or not there's climate change occurring.
What we should be having is a debate about policies that are
promoted and implemented in the name of climate change and that
negatively impact opportunities for our citizens and kill
The Texas Republican asserts that a flourishing economy is
important in protecting the environment, because it allows for more
scientific breakthroughs and technological advances that help that
"No American wants dirty water or dirty air -- myself included.
Yet I'm under attack from those who would put radical environmental
policies ahead of job-creating legislation," he relays. "They
take on the position that humans are invaders on the earth, when
actually, humans are here to use the earth for the greater glory of
Congressman Benishek's office has issued a statement saying this
is part of a campaign from his Democratic challenger.
"It is troubling that Gary McDowell and his Washington allies
would rather attack Dr. Benishek than explain to Northern Michigan
families why he supports Nancy Pelosi's failed policies, such as
the national energy tax that would destroy millions of jobs and
raise gas prices," the statement reads. "While Dr. Benishek has
been fighting to help this country become energy independent now
and for future generations, Gary McDowell would rather tax Northern
Michigan families into the ground with his cap and trade