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The League of Conservation Voters has said enough is enough.  They are putting up some serious money to vote out the worse of Climate Change Deniers in Congress -- dubbing them as the 'Flat Earth Five.'

... Only question is, "Is 5 spots going to be enough?"

Environmentalists target 5 Republicans who question humans’ impact on climate

by Juliet Eilperin, -- July 23, 2012

The League of Conservation Voters will launch a $1.5 million campaign Tuesday targeting five House Republicans who question the connection between human activity and climate change, in an effort to test whether the issue can sway voters.

The League of Conservation Voters, which has endorsed both Democrats and Republicans in the past, aims to unseat Reps. Ann Marie Buerkle (N.Y.), Dan Benishek (Mich.) and three other yet-to-be-named House Republicans -- they’ve dubbed the group “the Flat Earth Five” -- by attacking their global warming stance and ties to the fossil fuel industry.

During a televised campaign debate in 2010, [Ann Marie] Buerkle said that “a lot of the global warming myth has been exposed.” While she later explained that she was specifically referring to pirated e-mails from climate scientists, which came to light in an incident known as Climate-gate, she added that “the jury’s still out” on whether fossil fuel burning contributes to global warming.

Just like “the jury’s still out” on Buerkle's Re-election chances, right New York?

Environmental group launches campaign to unseat Michigan congressman

by Sara Matthews, -- Jul 25 2012

“Representative [Dan] Benishek’s extreme views put him at odds with scientists, his constituents and the Pentagon, which has called climate change a national security issue,” said Jeff Gohringer, national press secretary for the league. “He has had some rather outlandish statements regarding climate change.”

It’s all baloney,” [Benishek] said in the interview. “To spend trillions of our dollars on this unproven science stuff is ridiculous.”  [according to Michigan Congressman Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls.]

The Michigan congressman joins New York Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill on the league’s list. Three more incumbents will be named later -- one a week.

Dang, only one per week.

WHO would YOU put on that Flat Earth List, and replace with "someone from the 21st Century," if we only had the opportunity?

I dunno, like an Election or something?

See ya, Flat Earthers, you can run, but you can't hide.  

Pssst anti-Science Luddites, we have the Internet -- maybe you've heard of it?

Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 05:52 PM PDT.

Also republished by Headwaters and Climate Hawks.

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  •  Inhofe (4+ / 0-)

    but I suppose they're only talking about the House.

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 06:24:03 PM PDT

  •  I don't feel qualfied (1+ / 0-)
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    I used to know the House really well.  But with redistricting, I don't have a good enough sense of which districts are the best bang for the buck.  Low hanging fruit and all that.

    But I love this idea.

    Grab all the joy you can. (exmearden 8/10/09)

    by Land of Enchantment on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 06:33:05 PM PDT

  •  who was it that said the internet was a series of (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, Land of Enchantment

    tubes? Was that Stevens? If it wasn't stevens, who's gone now (r.i.p), then that guy...

    Earth: Mostly harmless ~ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (revised entry)

    by yawnimawke on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 06:33:56 PM PDT

  •  I would nominate ... (1+ / 0-)
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    Land of Enchantment

    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) who argues that manmade global warming doesn't make any sense because "carbon dioxide is a natural byproduct of nature." Attempting to repeat the goofy denier talking point that CO2 makes up only a fraction of the atmospheric content and thus isn't of concern, Bachmann errs wildly. She claims that carbon dioxide makes up "three percent of the atmosphere," when in fact it only comprises 0.03% -- off by a factor of a hundred.

    Oh my ears!

    What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
    -- Maslow ...... my list.

    by jamess on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 06:34:27 PM PDT

    •  She's a better choice (1+ / 0-)
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      Depending on what's happened with redistricting, she might be vulnerable.  With the old district, it was within reach.  And the schadenfreude factor to see her go would be considerable.  Not unlike going after Pombo back in 2006.

      Dengre had a big list of Abramoff-compromised Congresscritters.  There might be one or two of those around who might be vulnerable.

      Grab all the joy you can. (exmearden 8/10/09)

      by Land of Enchantment on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 06:37:54 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  How about mentioning (1+ / 0-)
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    the Democrat who is running against Nurse Ann Marie Ratchet?   And send him some love & money.

    His name is Dan Maffei and he lost to Buerkle by less than 100 votes in 2010 after being in Congress for one term.  The Dems in the western part of the district were in disarray, and didn't get out to vote.

    This time Monroe Co (eastern Rochester) is not part of the new District #24, centered in Syracuse.

    Buerkle is supported by the NRA & Rep Joe Wilson (yeah, THAT Joe Wilson at $1,000 each) Something called the American Action Network is sending out folders full of lies on her behalf.  She is a far right winger who wants to restrict women's health care, votes against women's rape legislation and considers Fast & Furious the most pressing problem in the District.  She has done nothing to bring jobs to the area (lots of meetings with 'business men' though) or gotten $ to replace falling infrastructure.

    The new district now goes up to the SUNY College of Oswego area, so hopefully there will be some votes up there, but not much $$.  

    Dan Maffei can be a bit blue doggish at times, but 500% better than Buerkle.  Because he was trying to respond to the conservatives in the district.  We all know how far that goes.  

    He voted for ACA, which the former nurse is proud to tell you she has voted against it some 15+ times.  She really does want to go back to the time when the earth was flat.

    We are glad to know of the League of Conservation Voters support.  

  •  Steve King (1+ / 0-)
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    (letter, Sept. 24, 2010)

    As you may know, liberals like former Vice President Al Gore are always claiming that the "debate is over" when it comes to climate change. However, these alarmists are willfully ignoring scientific evidence. For example, there has been no significant warming in the past 11 years, even though computer models, which are so well-respected by climate change alarmists, predicted skyrocketing temperatures. Furthermore, there is considerable doubt about the extent to which the climate is impacted by human activity. Carbon dioxide (CO2), which is considered by some to be the main greenhouse gas driver of so-called climate change, makes up only one-twentieth of one percent of our atmosphere, and the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere by humans represents less than ten percent of that already miniscule number. In addition, other planets around us have also experienced warming over the past few decades, which would indicate that the sun is more of a driver of any supposed global warming than CO2. Climate change alarmists can hardly claim that humans are responsible for warming on Mars.
    I asked King in a town hall a couple of months ago if he was still in denial about global warming. He stuck to his claim that there's been no warming over the last 11 years.
  •  Ann Marie's latest lies about ACA (0+ / 0-)

    The biggest lie of all is that picture of her.



    In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move. -- Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    by boriscleto on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 07:15:21 AM PDT

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