Democrats in the 10th congressional district are dubious of a recent award given to U.S. Rep. Bob Dold (R-10) by environmentalists. Earlier this week, Dold was named as one of "America’s Great Outdoors Congressional Champions" by a coalition of environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and Wilderness Society.
"I am honored to receive this award," said Dold. "As a Scout master, protecting the environment has always been a priority of mine. Our national treasures, like the Great Lakes, are threatened by pollution and lack of conservation efforts. It is important for Congress to be stewards of the environment and protect our resources for generations to come."
But some of Dold constituents don't find him to be that green. The Wheeling Township Democratic Organization finds Dold's record in Washington to be "far less than stellar when it comes to protecting Americans and our environment from pollution and toxic waste," according to a press release. The group points to Dold's support of fracking natural areas and fertile farmland to extract gas deposits and his votes to weaken the Clean Air Act and allow for more oil drilling as reasons for their skepticism about Dold's environmental policies and his recent distinction as a Great Outdoors Congressional Champ.