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March 05, 2010 12:40 pm ET

American Solutions Misrepresents Harvard Report On Reducing Carbon Emissions

On March 3, 2010, Newt Gingrich's American Solutions for Winning the Future falsely stated a report published by Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs claimed "the price of gas will rise to $7 per gallon" to meet emissions reduction targets. In reality, the Belfer Center was recommending additional fuel taxes in order to facilitate reductions in carbon emissions, not analyzing the impact of current proposals.

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March 03, 2010 4:42 pm ET

Rep. Blackburn Repeats Untrue Talking Points Against Clean Energy

During a Republican Press Conference on March 2, 2010, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn repeated a plethora of false rightwing talking points claiming efforts to shift the United States toward a clean energy economy would harm the economy and kill jobs. In reality, investing in clean energy would boost America's economy by $111 billion and create up to 1.9 million jobs.

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February 23, 2010 12:18 pm ET

Rep. Blunt: Wrong On Energy

The "Energy Independence" section of Rep. Roy Blunt's Senate campaign website, RoyBlunt.com, makes a slew of false claims about clean energy legislation.  Contrary to Blunt's claims, investing in clean energy would boost America's economy by $111 billion and create up to 1.9 million jobs.

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February 18, 2010 10:23 am ET

FreedomWorks Spreads Clean Energy Falsehoods

On February 17, 2010, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey's FreedomWorks falsely claimed clean energy legislation would "stifle economic growth and worsen unemployment levels." In reality, investing in clean energy would boost America's economy by $111 billion and create up to 1.9 million jobs.

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February 15, 2010 10:06 am ET

Fact Checking the Sunday Shows - February 14, 2010

On yesterday's political talk shows, Sen. Lindsey Graham and fmr. Vice President Dick Cheney continued the barrage of rightwing falsehoods assaulting the Obama administration's national security policies.  Liz Cheney and Rep. Aaron Schock, respectively, relied on debunked conservative talking points to slander clean energy legislation and the Recovery Act.

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February 11, 2010 1:20 pm ET

Rep. Boehner Misleads Constituents On Clean Energy

In a February 10, 2010 column in Ohio's Brewton Standard, House Minority Leader John Boehner repeated a slew of debunked attacks on President Obama's 2010 budget proposal.  Especially misleading were Boehner's false claims about the effects of clean energy legislation

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February 02, 2010 10:40 am ET

Rep. Hastings Proposes A Return To Bush's Failed Energy Policies

Last week, Rep. Doc Hastings released a web video promoting the House Republicans' American Energy Act.  At a time when Americans are seeking new solutions to rebuild our economy and break our dependence on foreign energy sources, Republicans are pusing for the same tired policies embraced by President Bush.

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January 28, 2010 11:23 am ET

Did Conservatives Even Listen To The Speech?

In the wake of President Obama's widely-praised first State of the Union address, conservatives were quick to attack the president's remarks on energy.  The GOP, the oil industry, and the coal industry all criticized the speech for neglecting to focus on nuclear, offshore oil development, and clean coal, respectively.  Had conservatives listened to the speech, they would know the president specifically addressed each of their concerns.

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January 27, 2010 10:19 am ET

Oil Industry Advises Obama: Stay Hooked On Oil

On January 26, 2010, the American Petroleum Institute released a statement concerning the President's upcoming State of the Union address. In the statement, the oil industry's top lobbyist smeared clean energy legislation and urged an increased reliance on oil and gas.  Since 2008, the oil and gas industry has spent over $250 million to lobby against modernizing America's energy portfolio.  In contrast to the oil industry's false talking points, increasing our investment in clean energy technology would create 1.9 million American jobs and boost household income by nearly $1,200 per year!

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January 22, 2010 2:57 pm ET

GOP Reps Falsely Claim Clean Energy Legislation Would Harm Economy, Kill Jobs

On January 21, 2010, Reps. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Sam Graves (R-MO), Trent Franks (R-AZ), and Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) wrote a letter to Cass Sunstein, the White House administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.  In the letter, the congressmen falsely claimed clean energy policies would kill jobs and harm the economy.  In reality, increasing our investment in clean energy technology would create 1.9 million American jobs and boost household income by nearly $1,200 per year!

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January 19, 2010 9:48 am ET

Rep. Bishop Spreads Clean Energy Falsehoods In Daily Caller Op-Ed

On January 15, 2010, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) published an op-ed at the conservative Daily Caller in which he falsely claimed clean energy legislation would harm the economy and kill jobs.  In reality, legislation increasing our investment in clean energy technologies would create jobs in every state and help America become more energy independent, all for less than a quarter a day.

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January 12, 2010 10:01 am ET

U.S. Chamber's Tom Donahue Falsely Claims Clean Energy Legislation Would Kill Jobs

In a speech on January 12, 2010, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donahue falsely claim clean energy legislation would kill jobs. In reality, an increased investment in clean energy technology would create millions of American green jobs across every single state.

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January 06, 2010 4:35 pm ET

FreedomWorks Spreads Old Falsehoods In New Radio Ads

On December 6, 2010, FreedomWorks announced a new radio ad campaign in Arizona.  Unsurprisingly, the conservative organization relies on worn out, disproven talking points to criticize clean energy legislation making its way through Congress.

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January 05, 2010 3:01 pm ET

In Right Now, Michael Steele Repeats Debunked Cost Estimates For Clean Energy Legislation

In his new book Right Now, Michael Steele cited a cap-and-trade cost estimate snatched from a Freedom of Information Act request by the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute.  The documents included a cost-estimate of an out-dated, abandoned cap-and-trade plan that immediately auctioned 100% of carbon allowances.  The American Clean Energy and Security Act does not do this.  In order to contain costs, the bill initially awards allowances for free, rendering CEI's revelation meaningless.

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January 04, 2010 4:03 pm ET

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey Repeats Misinformation On Global Warming

On January 4, 2010, The New Yorker published a story about Whole Foods CEO John Mackey.  During an interview, Mackey claimed "no scientific consensus exists" about the causes of global climate change and claimed actions to curb emissions would lead to a "lower standard of living and lead to an increase in poverty." In reality, nothing could be farther from the truth.

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December 16, 2009 11:11 am ET

Sarah Palin Pummels Schwarzenegger With Insults & Lies

During her short stint as governor, Sarah Palin sought to reduce greenhouse gases, enter carbon trading markets, and seize the economic opportunities created by investing in new technologies - all policies she now claims to oppose.  In fact, on December 15, 2009 she even accused Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of acting "greener than thou" for criticizing Palin's posturing on the climate issue.

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December 14, 2009 10:59 am ET

Sen. Inhofe Lies On Fox News Sunday

During a December 13, 2009 appearance on Fox News Sunday, Sen. James Inhofe falsely claimed Rep. Ed Markey's American Clean Energy and Security Act passed "in the middle of the night on a weekend." In reality, it passed just after 7:00 p.m. on a Friday. The vote was scheduled for late-afternoon, but the House Minority Leader's "fili-Boehner" delayed the vote by over an hour.

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December 09, 2009 11:26 am ET

Sarah Palin Spreads Falsehoods, Smears On Climate Change & Clean Energy

In a December 9, 2009 Washington Post op-ed, Sarah Palin recycles predictable, conservative smears about cap-and-trade and clean energy jobs legislation.  Yet as governor, Palin herself sought to reduce greenhouse gases, enter carbon trading markets, and seize the economic opportunities created by investing in new technologies.

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December 08, 2009 11:33 am ET

Exxon Mobil-Funded Denier Groups Push Email Hacker Scandal

Over the past decade, oil giant Exxon Mobil has paid millions to organizations and "think tanks" in an attempt to deceive the public about the science behind global climate change.  It's no surprise that those very same organizations are now doing everything in their power to please their benefactor by drawing attention to the so-called "Climategate" scandal involving hacked emails from the University of East Anglia in England.

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December 07, 2009 12:07 pm ET

Oil Giant Exxon Mobil Gives Millions To Climate Change Skeptics

Over the past decade, oil giant Exxon Mobil has paid millions to organizations and "think tanks" in an attempt to deceive the public about the science behind global climate change.  Below is a compilation of Exxon Mobil funding accepted by the nation's leading climate change skeptics.

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December 03, 2009 5:55 pm ET

Rep. Cantor Falsely Claims Clean Energy Legislation Would Kill Jobs

During a December 3, 2009 appearance on Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor falsely claimed clean energy legislation would be a "job killer." In reality, an increased investment in clean energy technology would create millions of American green jobs across every single state.

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December 03, 2009 10:48 am ET

Clean Energy Technologies Are The Real Job Creators

In an attempt to piggyback on the White House's jobs summit, the oil industry's various front groups (American Petroleum Institute, Institute for Energy Research, and Energy Tomorrow) have attempted to position oil and natural gas companies as the ultimate job creators. In reality, investment in clean energy technology creates FOUR TIMES as many jobs as an equal investment in oil and gas.

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November 23, 2009 3:12 pm ET

Heritage Foundation's NoEnergyTax.com Spreads Falsehoods About Clean Energy

The Heritage Foundation recently unveiled NoEnergyTax.com.  While the website is new, it relies on tired, disproven talking points that deliberately ignore the facts.  In reality, clean energy legislation would create jobs in every state and help America become more energy independent, all for less than a quarter a day.

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November 20, 2009 12:52 pm ET

Sen. Inhofe Deceives On Clean Energy Legislation

On November 18, 2009, Sen. James Inhofe falsely stated clean energy legislation would kill jobs and drastically increase expenses. Contrary to Inhofe's statement, legislation increasing our investment in clean energy technologies would create jobs in every state and help America become more energy independent, all for less than a quarter a day.

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November 17, 2009 3:50 pm ET

Sen. Bond Repeats Debunked Claims In USA Today Op-Ed

In a November 17, 2009 op-ed in USA Today, Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) falsely stated clean energy legislation would kill jobs and drastically increase expenses. Contrary to Bond's statement, legislation increasing our investment in clean energy technologies would create jobs in every state and help America become more energy independent, all for less than a quarter a day.

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November 16, 2009 10:37 am ET

Palin's Going Rogue Spreads Falsehoods About Clean Energy Legislation

In her upcoming book Going Rogue: An American Life, Sarah Palin made a slew of false charges concerning clean energy legislation.  Contrary to Palin's tired claims, legislation increasing our investment in clean energy technologies would create jobs in every state and help America become more energy independent, all for less than a quarter a day.

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November 13, 2009 9:44 am ET

Sarah Palin Makes False Claims About Clean Energy Legislation

In a November 12, 2009 Facebook note, Sarah Palin falsely claimed clean energy legislation was a "job-killing scheme." In reality, an increased investment in renewable energy would create millions of American jobs across every single state.

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November 12, 2009 12:19 pm ET

Rep. Paul Ryan Falsely Claims Clean Energy Legislation Would Cost Over $3,000 Per Family

During a November 9, 2009 speech to the Economic Club of Minnesota, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) falsely claimed cap-and-trade legislation in front of Congress would increase costs by over $3,000 per family. Contrary to Ryan's statement, legislation increasing our investment in clean energy technologies would create jobs in every state and help America become more energy independent, all for less than a quarter a day.

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November 04, 2009 5:43 pm ET

No, YOU Lie! Rep. Joe Wilson Repeats False Statements On Clean Energy Legislation

During a November 4, 2009 appearance on Fox News, Rep. Joe Wilson falsely claimed cap-and-trade legislation in front of Congress would increase costs by over $3,000 per family. Contrary to Wilson's statement, legislation increasing our investment in clean energy technologies would create jobs in every state and help America become more energy independent, all for less than a quarter a day.

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November 03, 2009 2:11 pm ET

Doug Hoffman Repeats Debunked Cost Estimate OF Clean Energy Jobs Legislation

New York conservative Doug Hoffman joins Republicans in spreading falsehoods about clean energy jobs legislation.

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