Oct. 3, 2012
Contact: Dan Hendrick, (212) 361-6350 ext. 206
National environmental group
names Western New York legislator
to notorious "Dirty Dozen" list
Sean Hanna has one of the worst environmental records in the Assembly. Imagine the damage he could do if elected to the Senate?WASHINGTON D.C. --- Assemblyman Sean Hanna (R-Mendon) has been named to the national League of Conservation Voters' state "Dirty Dozen" list, which lists 12 of the most anti-environment state-level candidates in the country.
Hanna, who is running for State Senate in the 55th District in the Rochester area, has amassed a deeply troubling record as the current Assembly member representing the 130th District.
He is perhaps the most notorious climate-science denier in the New York State Legislature, decrying in a video on his own Assembly Web site the "conspiracy" to "suppress" research that is flawed or funded by the fossil fuel industry that finds global warming is a hoax.
Hanna vehemently opposes the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative -- which has helped New York State significantly reduce our emissions -- and he has tried to undermine every effort to address this serious issue.
Click above learn more about NYLCV PAC's campaign to keep anti-environmentalists out of the Legislature.In explaining his "no" vote on major legislation to encourage the development of more clean power in New York, Hanna almost laughably described wind energy as "not energy efficient." He has also cast votes against expanded recycling efforts, against new zoning codes to encourage more renewable energy and even opposed cracking down on toxic chemicals in children's products!
And while New York has tough laws on the books to protect public health from pesticides, Hanna is the prime sponsor of legislation to weaken those protections.
National LCV solicited input from its more than 30 state partners from among hundreds of candidates running for governor, state senate and state house. The candidates selected for this state-level Dirty Dozen represent some of the most anti-environment politicians running in competitive races this year.
"From Congress to the state house, there has never been a more urgent need to defeat politicians who stand with corporate polluters and oppose vital environmental safeguards," said LCV President Gene Karpinski. "With the current U.S. House of Representatives the most anti-environment in our nation's history, it is especially critical that we elect strong environmental leaders at the state and local level to continue to make progress towards a clean energy future."
"The last thing New York needs in our state Legislature is a climate denier," said NYLCV President Marcia Bystryn. "Being named to the Dirty Dozen should put Sean Hanna on notice: Voters in Western New York will not stand for a State Senator to fight for a cleaner, healthier future."
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The New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) was founded in 1989 as a nonpartisan, policy making and political action organization that works to make environmental protection a top priority with elected officials, decision makers, and voters by evaluating incumbent performance and endorsing and electing environmental leaders to office in New York State.