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Oregon State Senator Betsy Close Named to League of Conservation Voters’ “Dirty Dozen in the States”

In News, Press Release by April Christenson

OLCV Press Release: Close’s extreme anti-environment voting record and climate change denial earned her a spot on the list over hundreds of other candidates.

PORTLAND, OREGON — Oregon League of Conservation Voters (OLCV) and the national League of Conservation Voters (LCV) announced today that Sen. Betsy Close has been named to LCV’s “Dirty Dozen in the States.” Modeled after LCV’s trademark federal “Dirty Dozen,” the state version highlights 12 of the most anti-environment candidates from around the country who state LCVs are working to defeat.

“Betsy Close’s lifetime OLCV score of 7% made her an obvious choice for the Dirty Dozen list,” said Doug Moore, OLCV’s Executive Director. “She has voted against Oregon’s environment time and again, stands with corporate polluters, and denies that climate change is happening. It’s clear that Betsy Close’s anti-conservation views are too extreme for Oregon.”

Oregon State Senator Betsy Close’s environmental voting record is abysmal, with a lifetime OLCV score of just 7%. Her extreme views even go so far as to ignore science when it conflicts with her out-of-touch worldview. On the subject of climate change, Close said, “The things that they say are happening, when you look at the science, you don’t see it.”

Whether it is fighting climate change by reducing carbon pollution or protecting our rivers and streams by curbing suction dredge mining, Betsy Close has made it clear that she stands with the polluters and special interests – and against the environment and her constituents.

LCV worked with its more than 30 state partners to determine this election cycle’s “Dirty Dozen in the States.” The candidates named are some of the most anti-environment politicians running in competitive state-level races for governor, state senate or state house this cycle.

“States are playing an increasingly important role in determining how our country meets the challenges of clean air, clean water and climate change. With so much at stake, it’s absolutely critical that voters defeat politicians who stand with corporate polluters and elect environmental leaders at the state and local level who will move us toward a clean energy future,” said Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters. 

The “Dirty Dozen in the States” is modeled after LCV’s “Dirty Dozen”, which targets candidates for Congress (with occasional exceptions)— regardless of party affiliation — who consistently side against the environment, and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome. Last cycle, LCV defeated 11 of the 12 “Dirty Dozen” candidates, including former Oregon State Rep. Mike Schaufler. 

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters is a non-partisan organization that works to pass laws to protect our natural legacy, elect pro-environment candidates, and hold all of our elected officials accountable.