As Connecticut's long-time attorney general, Richard Blumenthal leveraged the power of his office to become a forceful champion for taking action against global warming. He personally argued the case in Connecticut v. AEP, a landmark public-nuisance lawsuit filed by him and other state attorneys general seeking to compel the nation's biggest global warming polluters—like American Electric Power and other major coal-dependent utilities—to reduce harmful emissions. Blumenthal prodded EPA to comply with the Supreme Court's ruling in Massachusetts v. EPA and determine if carbon dioxide endangers human health and welfare, and he has been a fierce defender of EPA's authority under the Clean Air Act to reduce global warming pollution. As a senator, he has promised to fight to ensure that the United States leads in the global clean energy race.
Blumenthal joins the Senate following nearly 20 years as Connecticut's attorney general. Prior to that, he served for six years in Connecticut's General Assembly as a state representative and state senator, and before that as U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut. Blumenthal defeated World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon and takes the Senate seat held by retiring Senator Chris Dodd, who leaves office after 35 years in Congress with a 77% LCV lifetime score.
In his own words:
"We must move now — decisively and directly — against greenhouse gas pollution, forestalling catastrophic climate change. Now, EPA can begin the battle to control and contract CO2 pollution — joining the world in the war against global warming. Contrary to claims of deniers, no reputable climate scientist disputes the reality of global warming. It is fact, plain and simple. Dithering will be disastrous."