Despite those predictions, few Democratic incumbents anywhere are feeling safe in this unpredictable election year, when Republicans seem more fired up to cast ballots.
Green Endorsements for Teague
Both the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and the Sierra Club have endorsed Teague for defending cap-and-trade legislation as a job creator and for his approach to energy. The Sierra Club has dedicated a staffer to the Teague campaign, and the league has pitched in with mailings and phone calls.
“I think he has done an excellent job of standing by the vote he made,” Tony Massaro, the league’s senior vice president for political affairs, told SolveClimate News. “He understands that it is about a clean energy economy, climate change and national security.”
One of Teague’s first acts as a congressman was to write a bill extending the renewable production tax credit. It was signed into law as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As a founding member of the Natural Gas Caucus, he is seeking new markets for New Mexico’s abundant resources by promoting the conversion of 18-wheelers from imported diesel fuel to natural gas.
Pearce’s diametrically opposed approach on the subject of tackling global warming earned him early admission to the LCV’s trademark Dirty Dozen list for 2010.
“In his campaign, Teague is doing everything that our data indicate you should do,” Massaro pointed out. “If you’re going to get heat for voting for the American Clean Energy and Security Act, you may as well go out there and be strong in defense of your vote.”
“If you don’t stand by your vote, people accuse you of being a waffler,” Massaro continued. “Voters appreciate politicians who stand by their principles and convictions, and can talk about the substance of why they voted the way they did.”
Pearce Questions Science of Global Warming
In mid-October, Pearce earned the endorsement of Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor referred to Pearce as a "principled conservative."
Earlier, Pearce had told Washington-based newspaper Politico that climate scientists should be questioned more thoroughly after the eruption of “Climategate,” which centered on stolen e-mails.