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National PAC Buys Ad Attacking Gov. Walker’s “War on Science”

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Gov. Scott Walker

A full-page ad ran in the Wisconsin State Journal Tuesday pulling Gov. Walker into the debate over a recent decision to bar workers on a state board from talking about and working on items related to climate change.

The decision has received national and international attention.

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PAC NextGen Climate Action Ad

The newspaper ad suggests Gov. Scott Walker’s policies amount to a “war on science” meant to protect the investments of the Koch brothers and other conservative backers. The Koch brothers have interests in energy production.

The PAC NextGen Climate Action bought the newspaper ad. The PAC is run by billionaire and Democrat Tom Steyer.

Gov. Walker’s office did not immediately comment on the ad.

A number of environmental groups have criticized GOP state Treasurer Matt Adamczyk for backing the measure blocking climate change work on the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. The Board manages 77,000 acres of land in Wisconsin and uses the revenue to fund public projects.

Critics allege Adamczyk is trying to silence the board’s executive secretary, Tia Nelson.

Nelson is the daughter of Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson. She served on a global warming task force, under former governor Jim Doyle, and in 2008 co-wrote a climate change action plan. Adamczyk has accused Nelson if misusing state time by working on climate change matters.

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