Rep. Upton attacks strawmen
by Heather Taylor-Miesle NRDC Action Fund, Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 12:41:06 PM EDT
Rep. Upton has been heavily criticized for catering to special interests (especially to those donors who have made substantial contributions to his campaign). It's also been shown that he is using bad information, misleading his constituents, and flip flopping on his previous positions.
Instead of addressing this criticism head on and providing leadership on policies that would help his constituents, he's written an emotional OpEd that accuses environmental groups of being "divisive, shrill, disingenuous and inaccurate". Notably, he chooses to use unnamed sources ("Some claim….") in his criticism instead of citing credible sources.
Sadly, he also continues to say that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would bring "100,000 jobs" even though he's yet to cite his source, and the State Department estimates are dramatically lower. And he also fails to mention that the existing Keystone pipeline has already had 12 spills or leaks in the past year.
In his OpEd, Upton tries to label environmental groups as "special interests" even though these groups are working to protect the health of children against his unprecedented assaults on the Clean Air Act. Given that the majority of his constituents oppose his efforts, I guess you could say that we're all specially interested in him doing the right thing.