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A True Environmental Champion

25 Nov 2013  |   Hannah Blatt

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Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) is a true environmental champion. Since his first day on Capitol Hill, he has stood up for public health and fought to protect our environment. In fact, he is the only Senator to earn a 100 percent lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. That’s why today LCV Action Fund endorsed him for re-election to the U.S. Senate.  

It’s hard to overstate his leadership in Washington. The Senator supports comprehensive legislation to combat climate change, and has praised President Obama’s plan to tackle this crisis. In particular, Senator Merkley has been a vocal defender of the EPA’s proposed limits on carbon pollution from new power plants. He’s rightly called the proposed rule a huge step in the right direction in combating climate change and protecting public health, since power plants are the largest individual source of carbon pollution, the driving force behind changes in our climate that are worsening extreme weather.  

And Senator Merkley has worked tirelessly to move America towards a clean energy economy. He introduced the Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act, which would support the production and use of electric vehicles, and improve fuel efficiency standards. He has also supported our investment in energy efficiency programs, including bringing Oregon-based energy efficiency efforts to the national level, helping homeowners and business owners conserve energy and save money. On top of this, Merkley has stood up to corporate polluters and their congressional allies by voting to end Big Oil’s taxpayer-funded subsidies. 

While he’s become a national leader in the Senate, Senator Merkley has never stopped fighting for Oregon. He’s advocated for consumers and led the way on protecting public health. He’s co-sponsored legislation that would ban Frankenfish—genetically engineered, manufactured salmon—unless it was deemed safe by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  And Senator Merkley has stood up to special interests by fighting against legislation that allows companies to ignore a court order on genetically modified seeds that’s designed to protect farmers, the environment and human health. 

In receiving our endorsement, Senator Merkley said, "I’m honored to receive the endorsement from the LCV Action Fund. I am proud to partner with LCV because protecting our environment is not only an obligation we owe our children, but an investment in our economic growth…We have an economic and moral imperative to tackle climate change because the consequences of inaction and a superheated planet would be devastating." 

Senator Merkley gets it. He understands that climate change is the challenge of our generation, and he’s never been afraid to stand up to corporate polluters and their allies in Washington. He’s the kind of leader we need in the U.S. Senate. Work with LCV Action Fund to help re-elect Senator Merkley so he can continue his leadership for Oregon and our nation. 

Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and authorized by Jeff Merkley for Oregon

(Photograph taken by Think Out Loud)

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