What's worse than a climate change denier?

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Over on Bill Moyers' site, I came across this item -- Here Are the 56 Percent of Congressional Republicans Who Deny Climate Change. It sparked my interest in particular because on the map Oregon was shaded gray, meaning that Oregon had no climate-change-denying Republicans in the Congress.

Greg Walden's not a climate-change denier? Seemed like a claim that's ripe for a quick fact check.

And sure enough, a quick search turned up a press release in which he described himself as one of "those who are advocating for us to do everything we can to address this issue of global warming and climate change." And a video of a 2007 hearing in which he said that "changes have to occur if we're going to deal with carbon emissions." (Of course, he was making the case that somehow cutting more trees would reduce carbon emissions. An odd argument, to be sure.)

So... We have a guy that says "changes have to occur" and we must "do everything we can" on climate change. Sounds pretty good, right?

Well, I've now figured out what's worse than a climate-change denier. It's someone who fully understands the threat that climate change poses to humanity, and blithely refuses to do anything about it.

That's Greg Walden.

Let's take a look at his voting record:

Since 2002, the awesome progressive scorecard Progressive Punch has noted 206 votes on climate change. Of those, Walden only voted in favor of a climate change measure 20 times -- just 9.95% of the time. And when the stakes were really high, when it was a close vote (what Punch calls a "crucial" vote), Walden was only with us 3.12% of the time.

I mean, here's just a sample of Walden's votes:

And oh yeah, a capper: Walden may not deny climate change but he voted against an amendment that simply read, "Congress accepts the scientific findings of the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for public health and welfare."

So... here's to Greg Walden. A guy that knows that the ice caps are melting and we're putting our kids and grandkids at risk. But where he's concerned, he doesn't need to actually do anything about it.

Except cut down more trees.

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