Senator Scott Brown is furious. Who would have the gall to question his logic for voting against clean air regulations which have saved countless lives and have wide support? In an all out effort to obfuscate from the horrible politics of voting against clean air, Senator Brown is trying everything to divert attention away from his vote, and has been attacking the League of Women Voters for running an ad stating the facts: his vote hurts MA children. Senator, explaining your vote to the residents of our great commonwealth isn’t negative politics, it’s fact.
Senator Brown used to be a pro environmental Senator, in our 2008 State Legislature Scorecard, he received an 82%. He was supportive of the Global Warming Solutions act, Massachusetts’ successful program to reduce regional carbon emmissions. But since being elected to the US Senate, Senator Brown has abandoned his once reasoned positions, he received a 0 on the League of Conservation Voter’s scorecard. This is unacceptable in a state where the majority of constituents believe that we must do more to protect our children’s air, water and future.
In an effort to refocus all of the media hoopla on the issue, the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters and Environment Massachusetts have have started a substantial radio ad buy to hold the Senator accountable.
LISTEN TO THE AD “Truth”
Support for taking action against carbon pollution is popular in Massachusetts and nationwide. An April 14 survey of Massachusetts residents released by MassINC and The MassINC Polling Group found that “more than three-quarters (76 percent) of residents between ages 18 and 29 think global warming is real and at least partially the result of human activity” and that “56 percent of residents said the federal government should do a lot more in this area, and 47 percent believe state government should do a lot more.” Americans overwhelmingly support taking action on curbing carbon pollution. A bipartisan poll released by the American Lung Association found that “sixty-eight percent of voters oppose Congressional action that impedes the EPA from updating clean air standards generally and 64 percent oppose Congressional efforts to stop the EPA from updating standards on carbon dioxide.
Ben Wright, the fantastic advocate from Environment Massachusetts, had a great quote: “Scott Brown says he holds the ‘people’s seat’ but his vote indicates he’s turned it into the ‘polluter’s seat.’ For 130,000 Massachusetts kids with asthma, that’s a vote that’s hard to accept. The next time he’s got a chance, those kids need Senator Brown voting to protect them, not polluters.”
This is not a partisan issue. Our children’s health, clean air and water, and future of our planet goes beyond left and right.
Please call Senator Brown’s office at (617) 565-3170, and let his staff know what you think about his votes.