n. A politician who supports initiatives and policies that harm the environment.

Example Citation:
"Undoubtedly, since the injustice rendered our service personnel and families is under Republican leadership, I could be accused of being a dirty giveaway Democrat. But for any elephant entertaining this thought, it's my personal feeling that the next wonder of the world will be the discovery of a sincere 'pollutician,' elephant or donkey."
—Robert Gray Sebastian, "Haves, have-nots, vie for handouts," Press Journal, March 19, 2001

Earliest Citation:
"Money collected from pollution-case damages could be used for projects chosen by environmentalists rather than spending money on lobbying 'polluticians' for regulations and legislation that don't do the job, he said."
—"Senate Candidates and the Issues: Environment," The Orange County Register, June 22, 1992

Today's word is a chuckle-inducing blend of pollution and politician. It was sent my way by subscriber Ike Stephenson who reports that it was used by Peter Carey in his latest book:

"Here the polluticians and the developers carved up the cake with gusto."
—-Peter Carey, 30 Days in Sydney, Bloomsbury, 2001

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