Blowing green smoke: Politicians whose environmental claims don't hold up

Jim Motavalli Green Police
Jim Motavalli Green Police

Everyone knows that the only renewable energy that politicians always support is their own hot air. They often get the rhetoric right on support for green issues, but their votes and record of taking money from polluters tells another story. I thought it would be instructive to compare the actual performance of some Congressional incumbents with the blarney on their websites (where they always put on a green face).

There are some ripe targets on the campaign trail right now. The League of Conservation Voters compiles an annual "Dirty Dozen" among the aspirants to higher office, but I thought I'd confine my reporting to actual incumbents with voting records and money trails.