Burns: A Horrendous Record on the Environment


The League of Conservation voters is unimpressed with Senator Burns, naming him to the "Oil Slick Seven"–part of the 12 members of Congress with the worst environmental records.

What achievements did the League Mention?

  • Burns voted for the Energy Conference Report at the behest of oil and gas companies, despite it being among the 'most anti-environmental legislation signed…in recent memory.'
  • Burns voted against heating assistance programs from the elderly and poor-while voting for tax breaks for oil and gas companies.
  • Burns voted against requiring electrical utilities to produce 10 per cent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020.
  • Burns voted for Senate Amendment 925, which would have decreased gas mileage requirements in new cars.
  • Burns voted for pesticide testing on humans.
  • Burns voted to delay meaningful reduction of mercury emissions. 

 Finally, this amazing quotation from Burns on pesticide testing on humans:

"There's a lot of room for debate on this…Do you stop a whole industry?"

Who's out of touch with Montana values, Mr. Burns? 

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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