CLEAN WATER ACTION

For Immediate Release
August 7, 2011
Colorado Clean Water Action
Contact:  Gary Wockner, Colorado Program Director, gwockner@cleanwater.org

U.S. REP. CORY GARDNER:  MOST ANTI-ENVIRONMENTAL CONGRESSMAN IN COLORADO HISTORY?


Fort Collins, CO -- Just before Colorado Congressman Cory Gardner holds his first townhall meeting in months, his pro-environment colleagues in the U.S. House have designated Rep. Gardner’s votes as creating the “
Most Anti-Environmental Congress in U.S. History.”  Pro-environment congressmen Henry Waxman (California) and Edward Markey (Massachusetts) created the report which analyzes 110 votes in the U.S. House since January 2011.

The report, titled “Anti-Environment Votes in the 112th Congress,” highlights votes that attempt to block action to address climate change, undermine air and water protection, erode protections for public lands and coastal areas, and block clean energy initiatives.  Some of the worst of the worst votes have been outrageous attempts to completely gut the Clean Water Act, a decades old law that protects the public’s health across America and in Colorado.  Congressman Gardner voted for nearly every single piece of legislation to slash and burn the environment, including the attempt to gut the Clean Water Act. 

The report states: 

“Among federal statutes, the most common targets have been the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act):  26 votes rolled back or defunded the Clean Air Act; 16 votes rolled back or defunded the Clean Water Act; and 10 votes limited the application of NEPA.”

“Rep. Gardner’s votes to gut protections for the environment and public health may make him the most anti-environmental congressman in Colorado history,” said Gary Wockner, Program Director for Colorado Clean Water Action.  “His divisive statements and votes are wildly outside the mainstream of Colorado values and if enacted into law would harm citizens and the economy in his district.”

Rep. Gardner has made a habitat of repeatedly attacking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency which has worked for decades to protect Coloradans from polluted air and water.  At the very same time that Rep. Gardner has voted to gut the EPA, he has accepted tens-of-thousands of dollars from polluting industries including Big Oil, gas, and mining companies.

In fact, in his 2010 election, the single biggest contributor to Rep. Gardner’s campaign was the Big Oil and Gas industry[1].  In addition, an investigation by the Greeley Tribune in July of 2011, also showed that Big Oil, gas, and mining accounted for over 10% of Rep. Gardner’s 2012 election contributions.

“That Rep. Gardner accepts huge contributions from polluters and then votes to increase the profits of these polluters by gutting protections for public health and the environment raises extreme concerns about who he is representing,” said Gary Wockner.  “Mainstream citizens of the 4th Congressional District are seeing the economy, the public’s health, and the environment endangered by Rep. Gardner’s votes while the oil and gas industry – which is having record multi-billion dollar profits quarter after quarter – is getting richer and richer.”

The press release from Reps. Waxman and Markey is here:  http://democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/index.php?q=news/reps-waxman-and-markey-release-report-detailing-most-anti-environment-house-in-history

The vote-by-vote report from Reps. Waxman and Markey is here:  http://democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/sites/default/files/documents/AntiEnvCongress_Report_07.29.11.pdf

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(1). Donors to Rep. Gardner's 2010 campaign:  http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/industries.php?cycle=2010&cid=N00030780&newMem=Y&type=I  Oil and Gas = $177,274, the single largest contributor.




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Gary Wockner, PhD
Colorado Program Director
Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund
1630 S. College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80525
970-221-0148 (office)