'Flat Earth Five' targeted for climate change views

Saturday, August 25, 2012
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

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 priorities."

Canseco, Francisco (R-TX)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 jobs."

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 cause.

"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 God."

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 boondoggle."

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