Steve Lonegan has little patience for global warming hysteria detached from sound science. That much was apparent when the New Jersey GOP Senate hopeful challenged the alarmist claims Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) made in a campaign advertisement earlier this summer. In the ad, Holt claimed “millions will die” as a result of global warming. The Democratic congressman also said “Every single month since 1985 has been warmer than the historic average” and that “All 12 of the warmest years on record have come in the last 15 years.”
In fact, the planet has been getting cooler, not warmer in recent years. But don’t tell that to PolitiFact NJ, which gave cover to Holt’s misleading assertions. In a press release, Lonegan was quick to point out that the science of global warming is very much in dispute. He also vowed to sign off on a “No Climate Tax” pledge. That’s good news for New Jersey’s consumers and taxpayers.
“America has $17 trillion of federal debt,” Lonegan said. “Congressman Holt is attempting to salvage his long-shot candidacy with this ultra-left-wing idea of cap and trade that, if implemented, would force New Jersey’s working families to pay higher taxes for energy, and drive more American jobs overseas.”
Holt is a heavy underdog to Newark Mayor Cory Booker in tonight’s U.S. Senate primary, while Lonegan is widely expected to prevail on the Republican side. By putting his faith in free markets and American ingenuity, Lonegan just might be positioned to put Booker, and his party, on the defensive during the fall campaign.
Visit “Newsbusters” for a full analysis of Holt’s views on global warming and PolitiFact’s specious findings.