THROWBACK: Six Years After Gardner Blocked Funding for Climate Science, He’s Still Driving GOP’s Anti-Science Agenda
Denver, CO — Six years ago today, then-Congressman Cory Gardner voted to block funding for the National Climate Assessment and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — two leading studies that measure the dangers of global warming.
The reports Gardner voted against found that climate change is a “far more dire” and immediate threat than previously thought, increasing wildfires and extreme weather events like hurricanes while threatening Colorado’s $62 billion outdoor recreation economy.
But despite attempting to walk back his own record of refusing to acknowledge the human contribution to climate change and claiming to be a “national leader” on climate change on his campaign website, Gardner has continued to support an administration working to dismantle efforts to fight climate change and refuses to use his chairmanship of the Subcommittee on Science to do any oversight of the Trump administration’s myriad attacks on science.
Colorado Democratic Party spokesperson Eli Rosen:
“Climate change is a real and dire threat to Colorado, and now that he’s facing a tough election Cory Gardner wants voters to think he cares — but in reality, Senator Gardner is just as much of a climate denier today as he was when he voted to block funding for climate science six years ago. Instead of taking action, he’s voting with Trump to make climate change even worse. That’s a record voters will remember in November.”