The League of Conservation Voters is running an ad campaign against Fred Upton. Upton represents southwestern Michigan in the U.S. Congress and is chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He has raised the hackles of global-warmers because he voted to block funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s climate rules – i.e., regulation of greenhouse gases.
So, the LCV and other environmental special interest groups, like the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council, have the long knives out for Upton. Well, that’s politics. But the out-and-out mendacity of the LCV ad should disgust any clear-minded voter. The LCV simply lies about Upton’s vote.
Instead, the ad is a hysterical screed: Upton is gutting the EPA! He wants you to breathe poison! Of course, carbon dioxide and water vapor are not poisons. Of course, too much of anything can be bad news for human beings. Too much water and you drown. Too much oxygen and you go up in flames. But that doesn’t make them poisons. The LCV ad is nonsense, and it’s shameful.
It is also cowardly, because the LCV knows that the global warming agenda is so discredited with the voters that it will not openly make the case for greater climate regulation (as though we could dictate to the sun how it should behave). Instead it pursues its agenda subversively. It puts out a lie: Upton wants to poison us.
The LCV ad also strikes me as a squeal of desperation. I think the environmentalists are sensing that the voters now see that they are more interested in the pursuit of raw political power than good stewardship of natural resources. The green emperor wears no clothes, and they know we know that.