Greenwash Watch: The "Godfather of Green"
This is what we have to look forward to this election: lying toads. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has released a new 30 second ad for his 2008 re-election campaign, heralding himself as a "Godfather of Green" and an "environmental champion". According to Think Progress,
McConnell had a zero percent rating from the League of Conservation Voters during the 109th Congress, and has earned only a 7% lifetime rating. — McConnell helped to pass the 2005 Energy Policy Act, a bill the League of Conservation Voters called "the most anti-environmental piece of legislation signed into law in recent memory."
— McConnell led the fight to block the renewable fuels standard and the green tax package from the 2007 energy bill, calling them "millstones."
— McConnell has repeatedly voted to allow drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
— McConnell has repeatedly voted against Senate bills recognizing global warming, including a "sense of the Senate" amendment expressing "the need to address global climate change through comprehensive and cost-effective national measures and through the negotiation of fair and binding international commitments."
— McConnell helped notorious global warming denier Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) try to block Al Gore's "Live Earth" concert in Washington, DC, by raising an objection to the resolution allowing the concert to take place on the capitol's West Front. ::Think Progress