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February 09, 2012

Mitt and Fred's Busy Schedules Always Have Room for the "Planet's Worst Enemies"

Realrepubs_mittWednesday was a busy day for both Mitt Romney and his newest supporter, Michigan Congressman Fred Upton.

Early yesterday morning, Upton held a closed-door fundraiser with the Washington lobbyists from some of our nation's biggest polluters. There, he collected checks from the very people whose job it is to oppose the safeguards that keep the air we breathe clean from the toxic mercury and lead that cause cancer, asthma, and heart disease. Then, just an hour later, Congress' Energy and Commerce Committee – for which Upton is the Chairman – began the first of two hearings on the day attacking those same safeguards.

Meanwhile, shortly after it was revealed that a Super PAC supporting his candidacy took $1.2 million from oil, gas and coal companies, Romney got even cozier with big polluters at a high-dollar campaign fundraiser in Georgia. In fact, hosting the event for Romney was none other than David Ratcliffe - the former CEO of one of the country's largest coal-burning companies and a man deemed one of the “Planet's Worst Enemies” by Rolling Stone Magazine.

In spite of those packed schedules on Wednesday, Upton and Romney managed to also find time to pat each other on the back, as the Republican Congressman announced his support for Romney's presidential candidacy.

But that’s no big surprise, since cashing checks from big polluters isn't the only thing they have in common.

Take a look at their records.

Both Upton and Romney oppose the EPA's basic efforts to curb carbon pollution that would help protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the health of our families.

Both are clamoring for more oil, more gas, and more coal at any cost.

Both have turned their backs on science and the future of our planet by denying climate change.

And – though both are Michigan natives - Upton and Romney both reject the fuel efficiency standards that are helping put thousands back to work in their home state building the cars that are keeping our air clean and getting families further on a tank of gas.

The bottom line is that in their reckless hunt for campaign cash, both are putting the agenda of the most extreme elements of their party and a handful of billionaire donors ahead of the needs of American families. While Mitt and Fred may be a match made in heaven for big polluters, they're leaving everyone else behind.

-- Tony Cani, National Political Director for the Sierra Club

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Learn more about the positions of the Republican Presidential Primary candidates at Realrepubs.com.

The Sierra Club Voter Education Fund’s Real Republicans project seeks to educate voters about the records of the 2012 GOP presidential candidates by highlighting their extreme positions on public health and other issues of critical importance to the American people and encourage the public to find out more about the candidates and their positions on these issues.

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