During his six years in the U.S. House, Gary Peters has proven himself a strong environmental ally and has received a lifetime score of 89% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard through 2013. Peters has made it a priority to support green manufacturing jobs, has helped protect the Great Lakes by supporting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and has led efforts to fight petroleum coke pollution in Michigan. Peters has also supported legislation to reduce carbon pollution, end handouts to Big Oil, and increase the use of clean energy.
Peters recognizes the potential for green jobs to reduce carbon pollution while powering our economy. In the Senate, he will continue to prioritize expanding our clean energy economy and developing solutions to address climate change.
Peters joins the U.S. Senate after defeating former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, who earned a spot on LCV’s Dirty Dozen campaign this election cycle. Peters fills the seat held by retiring Senator Carl Levin, who has a lifetime score of 81% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard through 2013.
In his own words:
“In 2009, I proudly voted for the American Clean Energy and Security Act to invest in renewable energy sources, reduce America’s greenhouse gas emissions and lay the groundwork for a clean energy economy. By pursuing clean energy technologies, we'll break our nation's addiction to foreign fossil fuels and create thousands of American jobs. All of us must do our part to fight global climate change and that's why I’ll keep fighting for important legislation like this.”