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April 09, 2010 4:19 pm ET filed under Blog

Palin Stresses Danger Of Foreign Oil & Attacks Policies Designed To Reduce Dependence On It

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April 08, 2010 9:43 am ET filed under Fact Check

Oil Giant Valero Falsely Attacks Clean Energy Bills

In an April 8, 2010 article in the New York Times, a spokesman for Valero Energy Corporation falsely claimed clean energy legislation would hurt consumers 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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April 01, 2010 3:13 pm ET filed under Blog

New Fuel Efficiency Standards Will Save $65 billion, Reduce Vehicle Emissions 21%

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March 29, 2010 10:08 am ET filed under Blog

CBO Makes The Case For Gov't Investment In Fighting Climate Change

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March 25, 2010 11:52 am ET filed under Fact Check

Marco Rubio: Wrong On Energy

On his website, Florida Senate hopeful Marco Rubio wrongly claims clean energy legislation would further strain family budgets and destroy 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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March 17, 2010 2:54 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Sen. Inhofe Gets It Wrong On "Jackasses," "Global Warming Alarmism"

During a Senate Floor speech on March 15, 2010, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) embarked on a long, meandering journey smearing Al Gore, climate scientists, and clean energy. In particular, Inhofe criticized the "created science" showing "anthropogenic jackasses" (he meant to say "gases") cause global warming. Yet contrary to Inhofe's claims, the science shows the last decade was the warmest on record.

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March 15, 2010 11:31 am ET filed under Fact Check

American Solutions Repeats Tired Clean Energy Myths

In a "Solutions Insider" published on March 15, 2010, Newt Gingrich's American Solutions for Winning the Future repeated the rightwing myth that clean energy legislation would "kill millions of jobs and raise costs for American families by thousands of dollars per year." 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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March 12, 2010 2:55 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Sen. Inhofe Reprises False "$3,100" Cost Estimate For Clean Energy Bill

During a March 12, 2010 appearance on G. Gordon Liddy's radio show, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) reprised the early-2009 talking point that clean energy legislation would cost families $3,100 per year. 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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March 05, 2010 12:40 pm ET filed under Fact Check

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 05, 2010 10:45 am ET filed under Blog

Our Dependence On Foreign Oil Endangers American Troops

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February 23, 2010 6:49 pm ET filed under Video

Sen. Inhofe Claims The Earth Is Cooling, Wants Al Gore To Testify At Hearing

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February 23, 2010 5:12 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Sen. Inhofe Falsely Claims The Earth Is Cooling

During a February 23, 2010 appearance on Fox's Your World with Neil Cavuto, Sen. Jim Inhofe falsely claimed, "we're in our ninth year of a cooling spell." In reality, numerous reputable sources agree that the past decade has been the warmest on record.

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February 19, 2010 5:11 pm ET filed under Video

President Obama Explains The Science Behind Climate Change

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February 19, 2010 3:28 pm ET filed under Blog

President Obama Explains The Science Behind Climate Change

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February 19, 2010 11:59 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Steve King Absurdly Claims Snow Disproves Climate Change

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February 18, 2010 10:23 am ET filed under Fact Check

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 16, 2010 2:44 pm ET filed under Fact Check

American Family Association Misrepresents Climate Science

On February 15, 2010, the American Family Association seized on a misinterpretation of a climate scientist's comments to declare that "global warming theory is dead, dead, dead." In reality, the anti-science AFA took words out of context and ignored overwhelming scientific evidence that shows the Earth is warming.

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February 15, 2010 10:06 am ET filed under Fact Check

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 filed under Fact Check

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 10, 2010 10:22 am ET filed under Blog

Snowstorms Do Not Disprove Climate Change

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February 09, 2010 10:45 am ET filed under Blog

Veterans Group Stresses National Security Risks Of Relying On Foreign Oil

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January 28, 2010 11:23 am ET filed under Fact Check

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 filed under Fact Check

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 filed under Fact Check

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 filed under Fact Check

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 13, 2010 6:35 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Inhofe Angry About Placing 7th In 'Planet's Worst Enemies' Contest

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January 12, 2010 10:01 am ET filed under Fact Check

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 08, 2010 4:27 pm ET filed under Blog

Where Are The Jobs? In Clean Energy

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January 06, 2010 4:35 pm ET filed under Fact Check

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 filed under Fact Check

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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