Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010 | 10:15 a.m.
The League of Conservation Voters, a non-profit group that tries to turn environmental issues into national priorities, today added Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle to its 2010 "Dirty Dozen" list.
The list includes politicians from both parties who oppose clean energy development, climate legislation and other green initiatives.
"Sharron Angle would prefer to stifle Nevada's cutting-edge clean energy economy rather than promote policies that would create jobs and increase investments in the state's already prosperous renewable industries," said Tony Massaro, the League's senior vice president for political affairs. "Her extremist views on climate change put her far outside the mainstream."
At a forum last week, Angle advocated for building two coal-fired plants in Ely, encouraging more lithium mining in Nevada and promoting the state’s potential for nuclear energy.
On the campaign trail, she has called for the elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency and referred to a BP escrow account as a slush fund.
The League also included Angle in a video that highlights several Republican candidates' positions on environmental issues. It features a cartoon Sarah Palin hosting a "Tea Time" talk show.
"Just recently my gal Sharron Angle said she doesn't buy into the whole man-caused climate change mantra of the left," the Palin caricature says in the video. "Well I ain't buyin' it either."
The real Sarah Palin recently endorsed Angle.
Angle spokeswoman Ciara Matthews referred all questions to Communication Director Jarrod Agen. Agen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Since 1996, more than 60 percent of the candidates named to the Dirty Dozen list have been defeated.