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LCV Action Fund Endorses Brian Schatz for U.S. Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Gohringer, (202) 454-4573 or jeff_gohringer@lcv.org

27 Mar 2013  |  Vanessa Kritzer

WASHINGTON, DC—The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies, announced today its endorsement of Brian Schatz for U.S. Senate from Hawaii. Schatz has made addressing climate change and investing in clean energy a top priority throughout his career and will continue this strong leadership in the U.S. Senate.

“Brian Schatz is a lifelong environmentalist and a proven leader on climate change policy,” said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski.  “He has championed clean energy initiatives that have put Hawaii at the forefront of utilizing renewable energy and reducing dependence on petroleum. We will need his continued leadership in the U.S. Senate.”

"I am honored to receive endorsement from the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund.  LCV has proven again and again to be at the forefront of environmental, conservation, and clean energy policy," said Schatz. "I believe that it is my responsibility as an elected official to ensure that America's future generations inherit a planet in which the air and water are cleaner, fossil fuels play a reduced role, climate change is no longer a threat, and clean energy jobs are integral to America’s economy. As the Senator from Hawaii, I will continue to fight tirelessly for legislation that will accomplish these goals in Hawaii and across the nation."

Schatz has led on climate change and environmental policies since his time serving in the state legislature. While serving as Hawaii’s Lieutenant Governor, Schatz helped implement the state’s landmark clean energy initiative, which has helped the state get 18 percent of its energy from renewable sources. Schatz also spearheaded Hawaii’s work with the Pacific Island nations to invest in smart grid projects, and helped to develop the largest wind energy facility in Hawaii.

Schatz is in a unique position to make progress on environmental legislation, as he is a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, as well as Chair of the Subcommittee on Water and Power. Already, during his short tenure in the U.S. Senate, Schatz has distinguished himself by supporting an effort to put a price on carbon pollution, which is responsible for climate change and the extreme weather we’ve experienced in recent years.

Schatz is featured on LCV Action Fund’s GiveGreen website, http://www.givegreen.com, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates.

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Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, www.lcvactionfund.org, and authorized by Schatz for Senate.



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