Friday, October 12, 2007

Al Gore Wins Peace Prize for Environment; Frank Wolf is No Prize!

This morning, Al Gore won the Nobel Peace prize for his work "convincing world governments that climate change was real, caused by human activity, and posed a threat to society." And Frank Wolf? Needless to say, he didn't win any awards for his work on the environment. Here's a brief synopsis of Wolf's environmental record:

*A miserable 25% rating from the League of Conservation Voters, an even worse 16% rating from the American Wilderness Coalition, and a 20% rating from the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund. Wonderful...

*In 2005, Wolf voted for the energy conference report that exempts oil and gas industries from some clean-water laws, streamlines permits for oil wells and power lines on public lands, and helps the hydropower industry appeal environmental restrictions.

*In 2004, Wolf voted against an amendment to increase funding for renewable energy sources by $30 million.

*In 2003, Wolf voted against an amendment to the energy bill instructing the Department of Transportation to reduce the amount of oil consumed by U.S. automobiles by five percent by 2010.

*In 2001, Wolf voted against an amendment to require a combined corporate average fuel efficiency (CAFE) standard for passenger automobiles and light trucks, including sport utility vehicles, of 26 miles per gallon in 2005 and 2006 and of 27.5 miles per gallon in 2007 and beyond.

We could go on and on, but you get the picture. Al Gore is an environmental hero. Frank Wolf is an environmental zero. It's time for a change!

1 comment:

Miles said...

And don't forget that Frank still hasn't signed on as a cosponsor to any of the strong climate change bills moving through the House. Is Frank a global warming denier? If not, why hasn't he signed on?