Climate Change Denier Rep. Steve Knight Tries To Hide His Anti-Environment Record

Climate Change Denier Rep. Steve Knight Tries To Hide His Anti-Environment Record
Knight Joins Climate Caucus While Repeatedly Voting Against Environment

 Santa Clarita, Calif. – Last week, Steve Knight realized his anti-environment record could be a political problem with his constituents and tried to make up for a career’s worth of anti-environmental votes by joining the Climate Solutions Caucus. Lest anyone be fooled by Rep. Knight’s shallow effort, here’s a recap of his reprehensible record on the environment:

  • The League of Conservation Voters gives Knight a 0% lifetime rating
  • After the disastrous Porter Ranch Gas Leak in California’s 25th District, Knight did not make a public appearance for nearly three months and waited two months before saying he was satisfied with how the gas company was handling the leak. The Los Angeles Daily News criticized Knight for “[staying] largely quiet on the issue” and being “late to the conversation.”
  • One of Knight’s biggest contributors in the State Legislature was Sempra Energy, the owner of the Porter Ranch gas facility
  • Knight continues to accept large contributions from Big Oil and Gas
  • Knight voted to limit the EPA’s ability to combat climate change
  • Knight voted to cut funding for climate change research
  • Knight voted to cut renewable energy funding while increasing fossil fuel energy funding
  • Knight voted against allowing California agencies to invest in clean energy bonds
  • Knight voted to cut funding for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
  • Knight voted against ensuring oil and gas drilling operators are responsible for repairing environmental damage instead of taxpayers
  • Knight voted against making pipeline owners, not taxpayers, liable for cleanup costs
  • Knight voted against raising civil penalties for pipeline regulation violations
  • Knight voted against strengthening safety standards for gas pipelines and holding gas companies accountable for disasters
  • Knight voted to block his own proposed regulation regarding the Aliso Canyon storage facility

Bryan Caforio, Democratic candidate for California’s 25th Congressional District, said, “Steve Knight’s total inaction during the Porter Ranch Gas Leak, and his continued inaction as they re-open the facility, is yet another unfortunate example of how our community suffers as he ignores science, the realities of climate change, and our environmental threats. Our community deserves a representative who will fight for real solutions that will keep our families safe and our environment clean for generations to come.”      

The son of two public school teachers, Caforio was born and raised in Southern California, attended UCLA and Yale Law School, worked for a United States federal judge, and practices as an attorney taking on some of the world’s biggest banks and corporations. Bryan lives in Santa Clarita with his wife Lisa, who serves as a Deputy City Attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

California’s 25th Congressional District covers northern Los Angeles County and part of Ventura County, including the Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley, and Simi Valley. Hillary Clinton won the district by more than six points in 2016, registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans, and the district is majority-minority. The district is now considered a “toss-up” and is held by Tea Party Republican Steve Knight, whom national Republicans have publicly identified as one of their most vulnerable incumbents.


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