FOLSOM, California — As droughts continue to ravage the West, citizens are pushing back against elected leaders who refuse to acknowledge that humans contribute to climate change.
This was on full display late last week at a town hall meeting in Folsom, California. When Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) took questions from the audience, a woman stood up and took the congressman to task for his climate denialism. After noting that global warming has caused the “worst droughts since the depression,” the woman expressed extreme disappoint in her congressman. “I’m horrified that you would ignore scientific evidence just to appease the moneyed interests of big oil which gives generously to your campaign,” said told Lungren.
CONSTITUENT: In the last town hall in Elk Grove, you said that Republicans and Democrats differ on global warming because they have different sets of facts. You stated that you didn’t believe humans were a cause of global warming. [...] If the NOAA, the majority of scientists, and even the Koch Brothers-funded study believe that global warming is real, that seems to point that there only being one set of facts, not two, not different ones for progressives and conservatives. I’m horrified that you would ignore scientific evidence just to appease the moneyed interests of big oil which gives generously to your campaign.
Lungren declined to answer the woman’s question.
According to OpenSecrets, the oil and gas industry has given Lungren more than $143,000 since 2006.