GREENWASHING ALERT: Gardner – Who Has Failing Grade From Leading Conservation Group – Misleads Coloradans on Record, Again

GREENWASHING ALERT: Gardner – Who Has Failing Grade From Leading Conservation Group – Misleads Coloradans on Record, Again

Gardner Goes on Vacation As Pandemic Rages, Coloradans Wait for Urgent Relief

Yet again, Senator Cory Gardner’s latest TV ad tries to deceive Coloradans about his record of voting with President Trump to sell out our public lands to the highest bidder while failing to act on climate change. In reality, Gardner has been a rubber stamp for Trump’s toxic environmental agenda, earning a failing 11 percent lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters.

“As Coloradans wait for urgent coronavirus relief, Senator Gardner goes on vacation in his latest ad while pulling out all the stops to deceive Coloradans about his abysmal environmental record,” said Colorado Democratic Party spokesperson Eli Rosen. “Gardner and Trump have blocked new Colorado wilderness and refused to act on climate change, but facing a tough election, Senator Gardner is trying to greenwash his toxic record. Coloradans won’t be fooled, and they know that John Hickenlooper has always stood up for our public lands — not just when it’s politically convenient.”

While Mitch McConnell hands Gardner a political favor to try and save his flailing campaign, Gardner continues to get called out for his “desperate attempt” to greenwash his record of “supporting Trump and his anti-conservation agenda at seemingly every turn.” 

Take a look at the headlines Gardner’s deceptive ad leaves out:

  • Durango Herald: “Previously, Gardner has voted for budgets proposed by Trump that slash conservation spending, earning him a lifetime score of 11% from the League of Conservation Voters. In 2011, when Gardner was a U.S. representative, he also voted for a budget amendment that would slash funding by 90% for the LWCF, the very entity that would be fully funded by the Great American Outdoors Act.”
  • CPR: “Gardner wears his support of the Great American Outdoors Act like armor. And he might need it. The League of Conservation Voters gave Gardner’s 2019 voting record a 36 percent. His lifetime score is 11 percent.”
  • Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: “The political breakthrough is viewed by some as an effort by Trump and McConnell to help Gardner and Daines in competitive re-election campaigns this year.”
  • Colorado Politics: “Trump has reportedly offered his support for the bill, as Republicans again seek political credit to avert a situation the president created, including withdrawing tariffs he proposed and resolving border conflicts his orders generated, leading some pundits to characterize the president as simultaneously the arsonist and firefighter.”

Gardner’s greenwashing misses the mark. Here’s a closer look at his record:

REFUSING TO PROTECT COLORADO’S PUBLIC LANDS

  • Designation of new Colorado wilderness has been left out of every major public lands bill to pass the Senate during Gardner’s tenure.

SIDING WITH TRUMP TO SELL OUT OUR PUBLIC LANDS AND NATIONAL PARKS

  • Hickenlooper helped lead the effort to bring the Outdoor Retailer Show to Colorado — which left Utah in part because of efforts to rescind Bears Ears National Monument, which Gardner refused to oppose.

FAILING TO STAND UP TO TRUMP’S SCIENCE CENSORSHIP

  • Gardner voted for every one of Trump’s appointees to lead the EPA, like climate denier Scott Pruitt and coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler.

IGNORING CLIMATE CHANGE & MAKING THINGS WORSE

  • Gardner failed to secure year-end tax credits for clean energy or stand up to Trump’s rollback of emission standards for cleaner cars, which Hickenlooper led the way on in Colorado.

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