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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Corbett should fire energy czar Henderson

Corbett should fire energy czar Henderson

Harrisburg – John Hanger today called on Governor Corbett to fire his “energy czar” Patrick Henderson.

“In a comment to StateImpact, Patrick Henderson demonstrated his ignorance and denial of climate science and smeared a distinguished Penn State professor, Dr. Michael Mann,” said Hanger. “Henderson’s willful, ideology-driven ignorance of science and his personal attack on Dr. Mann and Penn State make him unsuited to direct Pennsylvania’s energy policy. The governor should fire him.”

“In his comment, Henderson dredged up a collection of right-wing fantasies about climate change. The StateImpact article provides a useful fact check to Henderson’s unfounded assertions that expose the deep level of his denial,” said Hanger. “But the personal attack on Dr. Mann crosses the line of what is acceptable behavior from a top advisor to the governor.”

Dr. Mann has been the subject of a vicious smear campaign by right-wing Tea Partiers. Every investigation of Dr. Mann’s work has validated its integrity and supported his findings that the climate is warming and humans are the most significant contributor to climate change.

Henderson’s attack follows those of former Virginia Attorney General and defeated gubernatorial candidate, Ken Cuccinelli, who accused Dr. Mann of fraud and launched an official investigation. The Virginia Supreme Court ultimately ordered Cuccinelli to stop the investigation. Cucinnelli’s ideology-driven inquisition of Dr. Mann has been cited as a factor in his defeat in the Virginia’s governor’s race.

“The Commonwealth’s energy policy is in the hands of someone who discounts science and engages in hateful personal attacks,” concluded Hanger. “Pennsylvanians deserve better than that. The governor should fire him and set Pennsylvania on course to develop an energy policy based on science.”

Democratic candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania John Hanger is widely regarded as one of the most insightful and best informed progressive public policy experts in the state. Formerly a public-interest lawyer advocating on behalf of low-income families, John is nationally recognized as a leading authority on clean energy development and environmental protection. He served both Governors Casey and Rendell in key positions: first for Bob Casey as Commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission, where he successfully fought to cap electric rates to save Pennsylvania ratepayers billions and for two years as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection in the Rendell Administration. Throughout his career in public service, John has embodied the essence of his campaign slogan "Policy first, politics second."


Anonymous said...

You have to remember that only Left wingers have the freedom of speech and the first amendment to the Constitution even when most are not willing to defend it.

Anonymous said...

I find it funny that an obama supporter namely Hanger wants people fired ! Has he looked at the white house and the obama made mess in the past 4-5 years? No one has been fired for their screw ups !