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5 Democrats who don't get global warming

By: Shea Gunther on Jan. 18, 2010, 12:11 p.m.
Oklahoma Rep. Dan Boren


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Oklahoma Rep. Dan Boren

Last July, Congressman Dan Boren of Oklahoma called the American Clean Energy and Security or ACES Act "the worst piece of legislation I've seen since I've been there," pulling out the tired canard that responding to global warming will raise energy prices and will make America less competitive. It just so happens that responding to global warming could be costly to the energy corporations funding his campaign — his top three contributors come from the oil and electricity industries. His contributions from oil, gas and electricity are five times larger than from the next highest industry, insurance.

Boren was one of 44 House Democrats to vote against the ACES act, prompting the Democratic National Committee to announce that it would run ads against him in his district as punishment. His other votes don't inspire much more confidence — he regularly votes closer to the Republican party line when it comes to the environment.