Republicans for Enviromental Protection push back on Big Oil’s attack on Lindsey Graham

A major denier group has started running falsehood-filled ads going after Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the conservative gamechanger who just made a climate bill likely.  As Media Matters explains in their ad fact check:

Using false oil industry talking points, the Big Oil funded American Energy Alliance produced an ad attacking Sen. Lindsey Graham for his willingness to work with Democrats on clean energy jobs legislation.  Contrary to the allegations made in the ad, legislation increasing our investment in clean energy technologies would create jobs in every state and help America become more energy independent, all for less than a quarter a day.

Now Republicans for Environmental Protection (REP) are pushing back with their own ad:

The inside-the-beltway GOP and conservative leadership have strayed far from their original roots with their single-minded determination to stop all efforts to preserve a livable climate.  The photo and Goldwater quote above come from the REP website (as does the photo/quote below).  Here is REP’s news release that goes along with this ad:

Republicans for Environmental Protection began running television ads on October 30 across South Carolina supporting U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham for his strong leadership on energy and climate change.

The group also plans to air radio ads as well.

The aid may be viewed by clicking here.

“REP applauds Senator Graham for setting a powerful example of conservative leadership,” REP Vice President for Government and Political Affairs David Jenkins said. “True conservatives take seriously the risks facing our country, and they take responsibility by supporting prudent measures to reduce those risks.”

REP believes that constructive Republican engagement will produce a better climate and energy bill than one produced by Democrats alone.

The ad features State Senator John Courson, a Columbia Republican representing Lexington and Richland Counties, who calls oil companies and other special interests on the carpet for their misleading ads attacking Senator Graham.

“We appreciate Senator Courson’s standing up for Senator Graham,” REP President Rob Sisson said. “Both of these outstanding leaders are patriots who have served our country with honor and understand what true conservatism is. They recognize the value of problem-solving over gridlock and of statesmanship over partisanship.”

“Senator Graham deserves enormous credit for stepping forward to solve real problems facing our nation and world. He correctly connects our national security, energy security and economic security with the need to protect our world for future generations,” said REP Vice President for Policy and Communications Jim DiPeso.

“We urge Republicans and Democrats to work together in good faith to frame balanced climate and energy legislation that a broad majority of Americans can support,” DiPeso added.

The ads are airing in the South Carolina media markets of Greenville-Spartanburg, Columbia, Charleston, and Florence-Myrtle Beach, and the Georgia media markets of Savannah and Augusta.

Kudos to REP for supporting Graham’s bipartisan efforts to address the twin issues of climate and energy security.

For more on the polluter-funded American Energy Alliance:

Republicans for Environmental Protection

9 Responses to Republicans for Enviromental Protection push back on Big Oil’s attack on Lindsey Graham

  1. Leland Palmer says:

    Notice that the ads, whenever they talked about big oil or out of state financial interests, showed the ExxonMobil logo or ExxonMobil advertising signs.

    Lindsey Graham no doubt knows where these attacks are coming from, probably better than Republican Party outsiders.

    One of the Senators at the hearings a couple of days ago talked about “being held hostage by the oil cartel”.

    Good for Graham for fighting back.

    Sounds like revolt is in the air, and some Senators draw the line at cooperation with the oil cartel when that cartel is seriously endangering the future of the biosphere.

    But as Inhofe illustrates, some Senators haven’t yet reached their limits, or don’t have limits, and appear to be simply captives of the oil cartel.

  2. Jeff Huggins says:

    Can Someone Tell Me?

    Does anyone know whether ExxonMobil contributes to the American Energy Alliance and/or The Institute For Energy Research these days, or whether they support them in any way?

    This is amazing: The REP, in defending Lindsey Graham, is more willing to shine light on ExxonMobil than The New York Times has been willing to provide the straight story to the public on ExxonMobil!

    Headline: “Republican Group REP Beats The New York Times in Starting to Shine Light on ExxonMobil”

    I’ve asked before, and I ask again, and I’ll ask yet again, for The New York Times to thoroughly cover ExxonMobil and provide their readers, and the public, with the straight and full story on ExxonMobil.

    Indeed, today I’ll call Andy Revkin (again) and Clark Hoyt’s office (again) on that issue.

    And Joe, will you be hosting a thread or two or three on ExxonMobil and Big Oil so we can get into that matter with some facts, links, and so forth? The window of time is passing, and the One Trillion Pound Plus Elephant is still in the middle of the room, with barely a peep about it being made, except I guess by the REP.



  3. caerbannog says:

    Now Republicans for Environmental Protection (REP) are pushing back….

    *Both* of them?

  4. Leland Palmer says:

    Hi Jeff-

    Sourcewatch says that the American Energy Alliance was co-founded by the American Petroleum Institute, which is known to be up to it’s neck in oil industry funding.

    But the American Energy Alliance does not disclose its funding, according to this link. It’s actions and positions, of course, are fully consistent with it being an industry funded front group.

    As one of the flagship newspapers of the Eastern financial establishment, whose fortunes were established by oil, it amazes me that people expect the NYT to be fair.

    The NYT appears to me to be controlled media – only slightly more subtle than Fox News.

  5. Mike Roddy says:

    I agree with Leland, that Exxon Mobil is leaving a giant shitstain on our public discourse.

    Has anyone written a book or article about the ways that the American coal industry exerts its political influence? They are more dangerous in two ways: more emissions, and presence in far more Congressional districts. I’m interested in the mechanics of their operation, which amounts to bribery.

    Clearly, coal has intimidated out public discourse, and not just with the obvious Senators such as Byrd.

  6. Republicans for Environmental Protection?!
    Biggest oxymoron of the day.

    The GOP spent the entire Bush Administration as carbon collaborators who made the Vichy French look courageous and noble. They haven’t been any better since.

    The Republican party at the national level have been the biggest sellouts of our country since Benedict Arnold and they did it for money and no other reason.

    When it comes to global warming, GOP is now spelled JUDAS.

  7. RunawayRose says:

    #5, reply to Mike

    Climate Cover-up by Hoggan and Littlemore, here’s the Amazon link:

  8. Ted says:


    Do your homework dude.
    Republicans For Environmental Protection has probably done more for environmental protection than you have, or will, ever do.
    Lashing out like that is shallow and proves you are neither creative nor green.