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ICYMI: DOUG OSE’S RADICAL STANCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE A DANGER TO CALIFORNIA COMMUNITIES

In the latest example of how out of touch former Congressman Doug Ose is with Californians, at a press event last Friday he questioned whether global warming was real, referring to climate change science as “sketchy.” This comes a few months after telling the Sacramento Bee that government should not take action to combat global warming. What Doug Ose didn’t reveal, though, is that he’s also taken tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Big Oil, voted to give them billions of dollars in tax giveaways, and even owns stock in multiple oil and gas companies.

“The only thing that’s ‘sketchy’ is former Congressman Doug Ose’s record of placing Big Oil above Sacramento County families, and denying the overwhelming amount of science behind climate change,” said Bera spokesperson Allison Teixeira. “Whether it’s weakening environmental laws, that he voted to give billions in taxpayer money away to Big Oil to increase his own fortune, or having the oil and gas industries fuel his campaigns, it’s clear that Doug Ose’s ties to Big Oil and radical stance on climate change are out of step with Californians' values.”

BACKGROUND

Former Congressman Doug Ose Has Taken More Than $50,000 in Contributions from Oil and Gas Industry. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Doug Ose has received $52,900 in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry over the course of his career. [Center for Responsive Politics, 04/30/2014]

Former Congressman Doug Ose Voted to Give $21 Billion in Taxpayer-Funded Handouts to Oil and Gas. On August 2, 2001, Doug Ose voted in favor of the 2001 Bush energy plan. Of the $38 billion of subsidies that went to polluters, $21 billion went to oil and gas producers alone. Republicans provided incentives by creating new handouts and subsidies as well as expanding existing ones. [League of Conservation Voters, 2001]

Former Congressman Doug Ose Took $9,650 in Contributions From Exxon & Oil Interests in Just Four Months Before the Vote. Doug Ose received $9,650 from Exxon and other oil companies in the four months leading up to the House vote on the 2001 Bush Energy Bill. Ose received $5,000 from Exxon Mobil, $2,000 from the California Independent Petroleum Association, and another $1,000 from both Rod Eson, executive at Venoco, and Michael Leineke, an executive at Venada Oil. [Sunlight Foundation Influence Explorer, accessed 05/16/2014]

Former Congressman Doug Ose Owns Between $82,000 and $230,000 in Stocks in Oil and Gas Companies. According to his financial disclosure filed in 2014, Doug Ose currently owns between $82,000 and $230,000 in stock in oil and gas companies. His largest holding is Imperial Petroleum, valued between $50,000 and $100,000. Ose also holds between $15,000 and $50,000 in both Chevron and Exxon Mobil stock. [Doug Ose, “Financial Disclosure Statement” Accessed 9/29/14]

Former Congressman Doug Ose Received $1,000 From Koch Industries. In 1998, Doug Ose received a $1,000 donation from Koch Industries one month before the 1998 general election. [Sunlight Foundation Influence Explorer, accessed 09/29/2014]

Former Congressman Doug Ose Supported Weakening Clean Air Laws. In 2004, Ose voted in favor of legislation to weaken the Clean Air Act by allowing waivers of Clean Air laws to regions with fuel shortages to get waivers. Because the bill was brought up on suspension of the rules in order to limit debate, and prohibit amendments, it required a two-thirds vote for passage. [Congressional Quarterly Weekly, 6/18/04]

82 Percent of Californians Believe Global Warming is Real and Caused by Humans. In November 2013, a public opinion poll by Stanford University revealed that 82 percent of Californians believe that global warming “has been happening” and “has been caused by humans.” Additionally, 80 percent of Californians believe government should limit greenhouse gas emission from U.S. businesses, and 66 percent believe the federal government should do more to address warming. [Stanford University, Woods Institute for the Environment, 11/12/13]

U.N. Report: Global Warming is Real and Having Negative Impacts on Environment. In March 2014, a new report from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that global warming is real and that humans are “ill-prepared” for its impacts. “The effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans… Human interference with the climate system is occurring,” the report stated. [IPCC press release, 3/31/14; NPR.org, 3/31/14]