Ron Johnson: Big Oil’s New BFF

Jun 08, 2010

Says “I’m glad there is global warming.”

Multimillionaire U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson continued his head-in-the-sand approach to the environment this week telling Green Bay radio talk show host Jerry Bader this week, “I’m glad there is global warming.”


Johnson also told Bader that he “totally disagreed” that climate change was proven and that it was “absurd” that anything be done to try to fix the problem.


Last week, in the wake of the worst oil spill in U.S. history, the AP reported: “When asked whether the Gulf spill should prompt more caution before undertaking new oil-drilling projects, Johnson said no.”


Johnson also defended Big Oil telling national right-wing talk radio host Ed Morrissey: “This is not the time to be beating up on those guys, quite honestly.”


Johnson also told Morrissey that, “[T]he first thing that came to my mind” when he heard about the BP oil spill was to double down on his support for drilling in the Arctic Natural Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) because a spill there would be easier to deal with, saying: “Wouldn’t it be far better if we were drilling in ANWR?”


“Every day Ron Johnson makes it even more clear that he will be a tool of Big Oil in Washington,” said Mike Tate, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “Now he has the distinction of being the only candidate for US Senate in the entire country to take the position that he is ‘glad there is global warming.”