Green group targets lawmaker votes to block EPA climate regulations

The League of Conservation Voters launched a series of radio advertisements Monday targeting four House lawmakers for voting in favor of a bill to permanently block Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) climate regulations.

The ads, which will run in the lawmakers’ home districts, say the members are protecting “corporate polluters” and stopping the EPA from being able to regulate harmful air pollutants. The bill to block EPA climate rules passed the House earlier this month, but it was rejected by the Senate when it was offered as an amendment to small-business legislation.

The ads target House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), who authored the legislation to prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions, as well as Reps. Dean HellerDean HellerSenate rejects ObamaCare repeal, replacement amendment OPINION | Healthcare vote a political death wish for GOP in 2018 Dem campaign arm slams Heller, Flake on healthcare votes MORE (R-Nev.), who is running for Senate, Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) and Jason Altmire (D-Pa.).

The ads, which cost nearly $250,000, also criticize the lawmakers for voting in favor of a GOP spending bill that would have blocked a number of EPA rules. The spending bill has since been superseded by a bipartisan bill signed into law by President Obama to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year.

“It is beyond reprehensible that Chairman Upton is leading an all-out attack on the EPA’s vital clean air safeguards and that lawmakers like Reps. Altmire, Heller and Rehberg are more than willing to follow his lead,” LCV President Gene Karpinski said in a statement.

Karpinski promised last week to hold lawmakers accountable for their votes. The move is part of a broad effort by environmental groups to hit lawmakers in their home states for supporting efforts to limit EPA's authority.