Navin Nayack is the Director of Global Warming for the bipartisan League of Conservation Voters. He recently sat down with Chris Matthews on Hardball to discuss the LCV’s new campaign, the Flat Earth Five.
In addition to the LCV’s Dirty Dozen List that targets representatives with the worst environmental voting records, this campaign takes it a step further by turning up the heat on those that deny the connection between human activity and global warming.
According to a Washington Post-Stanford University poll conducted in June, 77 percent of Americans say rising global temperatures are at least partly caused by the things people do, compared with 22 percent who say warming stems only from natural causes. Among independents, who often decide key races, 79 percent say humans play a role. But the issue consistently ranks toward the bottom of voters’ priorities in national polls.
According to Nayak, “There’s still a debate about how to address these issues, but Americans expect their politicians to be informed and to accept basic science.”
Our right to vote is one of the key tools Americans have to influence the future health of our planet. We can make our voices heard by firing and hiring those that make the laws. This issue has been on the back burner far too long, and needs to become a central issue for candidates seeking election. The LCV is providing you with the information you need to know on where these representatives stand, let them know with your vote and checkbook that denial is just not good enough!