Debate Fact Check: Portman Doesn’t Believe Humans Are Significantly Contributing To Climate Change

COLUMBUS, OH – There’s a clear contrast between Ted Strickland and Senator Portman when it comes to climate change, clean energy and protecting our environment: while Ted has a record of fighting climate change and creating clean energy jobs, Portman doesn’t believe humans significantly contribute to climate change.

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The League Of Conservation Voters Action Fund And The Sierra Club Endorsed Ted Strickland For Senate. [The Hill, 3/24/16; Sierra Club, Press Release, 9/6/16]

Portman Voted Against Measure Expressing That Climate Change Is Real And That Humans Contribute Significantly To It. In January 2015, Portman voted against: “Schatz, D-Hawaii, amendment no. 58 to the Murkowski, R-Alaska, substitute amendment no. 2. The amendment would express the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and that human activity significantly contributes to it.” The amendment failed, 50-49. [CQ, 1/21/15; S.Amdt. 58 to S.Amdt. 2 to S. 1, Vote 12, 1/21/15]

As Governor, Strickland Signed Renewable Energy Standards That “Worked Well,” Helping To Create 25,000 Advanced-Energy Jobs That Attracted $1 Billion In Private Capital Investment. “In 2008, lawmakers of both parties approved, and then-Gov. Ted Strickland signed, legislation that required Ohio utilities to work toward making 25 percent of their electricity sales by 2025 from renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, and advanced sources such as nuclear power. A related manOct. 12, 2016 called for adopting efficiency measures aimed at cutting statewide energy use by 22 percent by 2025. The law worked well: Five years after the energy standards took effect, they had saved Ohioans more than $1 billion on their electricity bills. The manOct. 12, 2016s helped create more than 25,000 advanced-energy manufacturing jobs and attract more than $1 billion in private capital investment; much of that development occurred in northwest Ohio.” [Toledo Blade Editorial, 10/2/15]

Portman Co-Sponsored Sen. James Inhofe’s Bill Prohibiting The EPA From Regulating Greenhouse Gases To Address Climate Change. In March 2011, Portman co-sponsored S. 482, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, which "Amends the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas (GHG) to address climate change.” [, S. 482, Introduced 3/3/11]

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