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5 Democrats who don't get global warming

By: Shea Gunther on Jan. 18, 2010, 12:11 p.m.
Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson

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Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson

Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska raised the ire of his Democratic cohorts last year when he threw his support behind an industry-written alternative bill to cap-and-trade pushed by Republican Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio. The Environmental Defense Fund's Steve Chochran said this about the bill: "It’s a detailed prescription for doing nothing. If you think climate change is a hoax, this is your bill."

Some of Nelson's top campaign contributors hail from the oil, gas and electricity industries, so it's not hard to see how he's earned his lifetime score of 43 percent from the League of Conservation Voters and why he would support Voinovich's handout to Big Energy.