WASHINGTON DC - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies, today announced its endorsement of Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Grijalva has an inspiring LCV lifetime environmental score of 95% and received a perfect 100% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard for his voting record in 2011. In 2009, Rep. Grijalva’s support was crucial to the House passage of the American Recovery And Reinvestment Act, which provided the single largest investment in clean energy in history, with substantial investments supporting job-creating clean energy projects in Arizona.
“Congressman Grijalva has been a consistent leader in ensuring that America leads the 21st century’s clean energy economy,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “Following the most anti-environment session of the U.S. House in history, we look forward to Representative Grijalva continuing to fight for policies that will not only build a clean energy economy that gets Arizona workers back on the job, but will also reduce our dependence on foreign oil and curb harmful carbon pollution.”
As ranking member of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Rep. Grijalva has made environmental stewardship and conservation one of his top priorities. He was the lead sponsor of legislation that eventually became law to permanently establish the National Landscape Conservation System, a collection of 27 million acres of public lands in the west set aside for conservation. His Grand Canyon Watersheds Protection Act helped lead to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s decision in January to protect 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon for twenty years from new uranium mining claims.
“Raúl Grijalva has been an environmental leader for decades,” said Steve Arnquist, Executive Director of the Arizona League of Conservation Voters. “Even before he went to Congress, as Chair of the Pima County supervisors, Congressman Grijalva was an integral part of the landmark Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan. Southern Arizona is one of the most bio-diverse regions in the nation and, thanks in large part to Grijalva, we have a nationally recognized conservation plan to guide us into the 21st century. Grijalva has also introduced vital legislation to protect the Grand Canyon, one of our nation’s most stunning landmarks. It is imperative that we have strong voices like Congressman Grijalva in Congress who will continue to work hard to protect Southern Arizona’s natural heritage.”
"The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund endorsement is the gold standard for environmental advocates in Congress, and I'm very honored to accept it," Rep. Grijalva said. "Preserving our great public spaces and protecting the environment for future generations is what government in the public interest is all about, and LCV has made that work possible. I'm proud to call myself a strong environmentalist and humbled by the support the League has given me. When we get a sane majority back in the House that respects clean air and protected wilderness, LCV will have played a big role."
Rep. Grijalva is also featured on LCVAF’s GiveGreen website, http://lcv.org/givegreen, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates. For a complete list of LCV Action Fund’s 2012 congressional endorsements visit http://www.lcv.org/elections/endorsements/.
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