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Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or Jeff_Gohringer@lcv.org
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 Rep. Lois Capps for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives for California’s 24th District, citing her impressive 95% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
“LCV Action Fund is proud to endorse Congresswoman Capps because she has consistently fought to protect public health and hold Big Oil polluters accountable,” said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski. “Lois Capps’ support for our clean energy future has helped create or save hundreds of thousands of jobs in California, and contributed to doubling America’s renewable energy production. Under Capps’ leadership, America will continue to win the race to a clean energy future over global competitors.”
Rep. Lois Capps is a proven environmental champion, and a strong advocate for renewable energy investments that create jobs. As a member of the powerful Energy & Commerce Committee, Congresswoman Capps helped lead the fight for a clean energy economy, helping to craft the comprehensive clean energy and climate bill, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454). Rep. Capps also continued efforts to protect California’s coastline from expanded offshore drilling near that would endanger the coastal economy and environment of sensitive areas near Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. More recently, she has been a strong voice against the polluter-driven attacks on the Clean Air Act, including voting against H.R. 910, the Dirty Air Act, which would have permanently prevented the EPA from applying commonsense safeguards to curb harmful carbon pollution and protect public health.
“I am honored to earn the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund - one of the nation’s premier environmental protectors,” said Congresswoman Lois Capps. “I've been proud to lead the fight to block new offshore oil drilling off our beautiful Central Coast to both protect both our environment and our coastal economy that creates so many tourism and fishing jobs. With the support of the LCV, I will continue to fight in Congress to keep our air and water clean and to invest in a clean energy future."
Rep. Capps’ opponent, Abel Maldonado, is a former California Lt. Governor and State Legislator with a dismal 43% lifetime score on the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) California Environmental Scorecard. Maldonado has a poor environmental record full of votes against vital public health safeguards for clean air and clean water - he voted down everything from asthma protection for kids [California State Senate Bill 1205, 11/30/06], to cutting smog in the Central Valley [California State Senate Bill 700, Vote 9/10/03], to monitoring groundwater for contamination [California State Senate Bill 820, Vote 9/08/05]. Most notably, Maldonado sided with Big Oil and opposed efforts to reduce dangerous industrial carbon pollution that would have threatened public health and killed major investments in clean energy jobs for California [California State Assembly Bill 32, 08/30/06].
The CLCV California Environmental Scorecard is the definitive guide to environmental actions by the California Legislature, and serves as a trusted measurement in holding individual members accountable for their environmental votes, regardless of party affiliation. For more information, visit http://www.ecovote.org/scorecard/2011-scorecard.
The non-partisan LCV National Environmental Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental and clean energy issues. Based on key environmental votes in the House and Senate, it is often used by the media to quickly describe a Member’s position. For more information, visit http://www.lcv.org/scorecard.
Lois Capps 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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