Politician behind the campaign to repeal Californias clean energy laws calls global warming “a scam”

This is part of a series on the fossil fuel-funded Proposition 23 effort to repeal California’s clean energy and climate laws. Read previous posts on Prop 23’s economic impact, national repercussions, and funding from Texas oil companies.

In the California legislature, the loudest voice to kill the landmark clean energy climate change law AB32 has become Assemblyman Dan Logue (R-Chico). Described by Sacramento insiders as a “backbencher,” Logue has built a powerful coalition of former tobacco lobbyists and Texan oil companies to orchestrate Prop 23, an initiative to essentially rescind AB 32. But who is Logue?

During an interview earlier this month in Yuba City, California, Logue told the Wonk Room that he thinks that “the issue of global warming is not solved,” referring to climate change as a “scam.” Calling his repeal effort an “epic battle,” Logue claimed that the pro-Prop 23 forces would raise up to $45-50 million:

Climate Change LOGUE: I think the issue of global warming is not solved. I do not think the science has been settled. […] This is a scam.

How Much Will Prop 23 Raise? LOGUE: But no, it could be up to forty, fifty million a piece. I don’t know if it will get there, but it will be probably the most intense petition drive in the history of the state.

Impacting The National Debate LOGUE: I got a call from the Wall Street Journal, they said if you can stop AB 32 in California, you can save the country.

Wording Of Prop 23 WR: Do you think if it was a full scale repeal, the language would turn some people off?

LOGUE: It would be more difficult to pass.

Watch it:

Logue told us that the Wall Street Journal had encouraged him to push his AB 32 repeal initiative in order to derail national efforts to address climate change. Ironically, the Wonk Room ran into the Wall Street Journal’s John Fund a week after speaking to Logue. Fund told us that he thinks people who deny the existence of anthropogenic climate change are “troglodytes.”

Originally, the initiative to repeal AB 32 was pushed by Ted Costa, a veteran right-wing activist behind many conservative initiatives and head of the group People’s Advocate. In a separate interview, Costa told the Wonk Room that he met privately with Logue, who was “crying that he had a bill to repeal AB 32.” Logue’s bill, AB 118, died in committee, but Costa said he and Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) advised Logue to use an initiative to instead rescind California’s clean energy law using provisions concerning the unemployment rate.

To draft the initiative, Costa said he initially worked with California GOP and tobacco lawyer Tom Hiltachk to write the language. But after submitting Costa’s initiative, Hiltachk resubmitted the Prop 23 “California Jobs Initiative” using slightly altered provisions “to get better financial backing.” According to Costa, Hiltachk lied to him, secretly pushing him out so that the money raised for the proposition could be funneled back to Hiltachk and his friends in the “million-dollar consultant” world. Before long, Costa said he received a call from a “high powered lobbyist” to tell him he was out of the process.

Costa told the Wonk Room that he became disgusted when he kept hearing Logue and others involved gleefully discussing the potential of raising $50 million from oil companies and the Chamber of Commerce. Logue believes Costa has “sour grapes” because he did not win the contract to gather signatures. Costa, however, says Logue is “full of shit” and is afflicted with “politician’s disease” for pushing an initiative just to get rich.

This is cross posted by Wonk Room’s Lee Fang.


19 Responses to Politician behind the campaign to repeal Californias clean energy laws calls global warming “a scam”

  1. mattlant says:

    Quite an insightful peice on the backroom bickering and who is going to get rich from passing this. Its obviously not going to be the common folk if this passes.

  2. Peter Smith says:

    Charles (the cheater ) Rangel can come out to help win. The sex poodle also has time to campaign. I like the fact that California needs to get to 5.5% unemployment before they try new jobs killing legislation.

  3. Andy says:

    This is OT, but is it for real?


    The White House, meanwhile, waded back into the climate discussion yesterday, with Obama expressing support for a broad package and his press secretary suggesting that the Senate’s narrow energy bill could be inflated to comprehensive proportions while conferencing with House.

    “You’ve got one bill that passes the House; you’ll have a different bill that passes the Senate,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters. “And then there will be an opportunity to reconcile those two differing bills.”

    So does that mean the conference process could produce a broad climate bill, one reporter asked him.

    “I certainly wouldn’t rule it out,” Gibbs answered.

    [JR: Somebody went off their meds!]

  4. Chris Winter says:

    Logue sounds like a clone of Richard Pombo, former chair of the House Resources Committee who was dedicated to weakening the Endangered Species Act.

    Pombo was defeated by Democrat Jerry McNerney in November 2006. He announced a run for a House seat in another California district in January, but came in third in the June primary.

  5. Daniel Ives says:

    It never ceases to amaze me that with all the dead climate canaries (arctic ice, ocean plankton, record heat waves, record flooding, melting glaciers, etc.) we still have people telling us to stay in the coal mine. Hell, several of them aren’t just telling us to stay, they’re trying to rig the exit with dynamite.

  6. PSU Grad says:

    “It never ceases to amaze me …we still have people telling us to stay in the coal mine.”

    It’s really not so amazing if you heed the words of Upton Sinclair:

    “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”

  7. Colorado Bob says:

    The body count in Russia begins –

    25 dead as forest fires rage across Russia
    Note this AP story actually brings up climate change in the body of the article.

  8. Colorado Bob says:

    PSU Grad –
    Here ya go the Sinclair quote with the best graphic one can imagine –

    One I wish I had done.

  9. I’m all for Hansen’s suggestion that the heads of fossil-fuel companies who spread the lies and misinformation about AGW need to go to jail.

    If temperatures do not stop rising around the globe at the current rate, I would imagine that some of them will.

  10. Steve Bloom says:

    Per the comment I made in the prior Prop. 23 thread about it being a great opportunity for Jerry Brown to nail Meg Whitman to the wall politically, voila.

  11. Colorado Bob says:

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Boats and helicopters struggled to reach hundreds of thousands of villagers cut off by floods in northwest Pakistan on Friday as the government said 430 people had been killed in the deadliest such disaster to hit the region since 1929.
    Gut wrenching video.

  12. Colorado Bob says:

    Oil industry safety record blown open

    National Wildlife Federation says catalogue of oil industry accidents proves BP disaster in Gulf of Mexico is not a one-off

  13. Chris Winter says:

    Colorado Bob wrote: “Today’s satellite pass over eastern Siberia…”

    Whoa! [Insert Russian curse word]

    Do you have any idea how many thousands of acres those fires cover?

    (Not a rhetorical question…)

  14. Ani says:

    In my opinion the only scam going on is with the oil and coal companies and the puppets they have in their pockets.

  15. @ Colorado Bob and Chris Winter

    Re fires – that was my exact thought. Huge areas of forests burning. I live in the state of Victoria (Australia) where 2009 we had the devastating “Black Saturday” fires that killed >170. Given the current temperature trends I’m deeply concerned about the this coming fire season. Which of course starts earlier then it used too…

    At least the article Bob linked is spelling out the links:

    “The temperatures for July are 14 degrees (8 degrees Celsius) higher than normal, Lyakhov, the Moscow meteorologist said, adding that the heat appeared to be evidence of global warming.

    “For the last few years the winters have been warm, so now perhaps a period of hot summers is starting,” he told The Associated Press.

    No single hot spell is evidence of global warming, the gradual rise of the Earth’s average temperature over several decades. But climate experts predict that summer heat waves will become more frequent and intense as the world warms, raising the risks of crop damage, wildfires and health problems for the elderly and the sick.

    Paul Della-Marta, a climate scientist working at Partner Reinsurance Company in Switzerland, said there has clearly been an increase in heat waves in temperate regions, the heavily populated areas between the polar and tropic regions…”

  16. Peter Mizla says:

    The proponents of proposition 23- are typical of what the republican party has evolved into- a group philosophy that’s mantra is short term greed and personal gain with the end result of future societal chaos and planetary breakdown caused by GW.

    Its amazing so many buy this shoddy bag of lies.

  17. Mike says:

    “Stupidity and impudence, joined together, are a great force.”
    — Dostoevsky
    From The Adolescent

  18. sailrick says:

    In case no one else has mentioned it yet, there is an absurd article at Forbes titled “The Death Of The Global Warming Movement” by Shikha Dalmia that could use some good comments.