At the time of his election in 2016, Rooney held the largest stake in the fossil fuel industry among incoming freshmen and just three years prior to his election, he sat on the board of two fossil fuel companies: Laredo Petroleum (where he still owns stock valued between $500,000 and $1,000,000) and Helmerich & Payne, an oil drilling firm (where his stock holdings are valued at $250,000 to $500,000).


Rooney also remains an owner of Manhattan Construction, a $1 billion business that counts oil and gas drilling as part of its portfolio and has owned stock in over two dozen more fossil fuel businesses, according to E&E News.


Francis Rooney’s environmental record is so bad, the League of Conservation Voters has given him a 0% score for his anti-environmental votes.


Rooney’s first “environmental” vote in Congress was to allow toxic coal mining waste to be dumped into streams and waterways.  Since then, he:


  1. Voted to eliminate oversight of pesticides applied directly to waterways;


  1.  Voted to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule  that protects waters feeding into drinking water, streams and wetlands that serve as wildlife habitats, reduce flooding and naturally filter pollutants;


  1. Refused to sign the Now-or-Neverglades declaration that calls for buying the land south of Lake Okeechobee to once again allow for the flow of water through the Everglades despite saying he “would consider it.”;


  1. Has stated his support for fracking;


  1. Supported leaving the Paris Climate Agreement;


  1. Voted to eliminate language that would have directed the Department of Defense to prepare for the effects of climate change as part of evaluating national security threats;


  1. Voted to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge;


  1. Voted to defund EPA’s criminal enforcement arm by undermining its ability to issue warrants and arrest criminals for violating environmental laws;


  1. Voted to end cost/benefit analyses of environmental impacts, taking into consideration only the cost side;


  1. Voted to allow increases in the amount of methane allowed into our air;


  1. Voted to cut $800 million from environmental conservation programs;


  1. Voted to limit the participation of scientists in EPA rule-making and restricted the health studies that can be reviewed by EPA;


  1. Voted to permanently exempt certain waste coal burning power plants from meeting certain standards of the Clean Air Act including the limits on hydrogen chloride and sulfur dioxide.


  1. Voted to undermine protection of the Chesapeake Bay and weaken EPA’s ability to administer penalties for polluting its waters;


  1. Voted to open the Ironwood Forest National Monument to mining and drilling against the wishes of the local stakeholders;


  1. Voted to disapprove a Security and Exchange Commission rule requiring fossil fuel companies to disclose bribes to foreign governments;


  1. Voted to delay the implementation of stricter ozone standards for ten years;


  1. Voted to undermine the ability of the federal government to fully assess the environmental impact of proposed pipelines;


  1. Voted to delay public health limits on toxic pollution, including mercury, arsenic and chromium, from brick manufacturing facilities;


  1. Voted to prevent the implementation of seafood consumption standards that protect communities from exposure to toxic contaminants, such as PCBs, arsenic and mercury, in seafood.


Recently, Rooney joined the Congressional Climate Solutions Caucus, a group that “Critics say it is mostly an empty effort giving political cover to Republicans without pushing substantive policies. That overlooks a significant, albeit subtle, shift in Washington’s gridlock in this space: the sheer fact Republicans see a need or desire to join an effort supporting, not opposing, climate change. That’s notable given the party as a whole has dismissed or denied outright mainstream climate science for most of the past decade.” [Axios, June 21, 2018]