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LCV Action Fund Endorses Senator Merkley for Re-Election

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

25 Nov 2013  |  Intern Admin

WASHINGTON, DC— The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies, today announced their endorsement of Jeff Merkley for re-election to the U.S. Senate from Oregon. Senator Merkley has worked tirelessly in the Senate to protect the environment and public health, and is the only Senator to earn a 100% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.

“Senator Merkley has been a true environmental champion from the very first day he arrived on Capitol Hill. He’s the only Senator to earn a 100% lifetime score on our Scorecard, and has never stopped fighting our nation’s biggest polluters. Jeff Merkley is the leader Oregon needs, and we’re proud to endorse him for re-election," said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski.

“Jeff Merkley puts Oregon first and is bringing our environmental values to Washington. He’s stood up to Big Oil and corporate polluters to help build a clean energy future that works for our state. He’s the leader Oregon families need in the US Senate,” said Oregon League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Doug Moore.

"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," said Merkley. "In the Senate I have fought to create good paying jobs in our clean energy economy, while fighting against the special interests who have attempted to abuse the Senate rules to block progress on protecting the environment.  We have an economic and moral imperative to tackle climate change because the consequences of inaction and a superheated planet would be devastating.  I will continue to fight in partnership with LCV for policies that reduce carbon pollution and keep our air and water clean so that we can be proud of the environmental legacy we leave to our children."

Senator Merkley has introduced legislation to increase production and use of electric vehicles, and he’s voted to end Big Oil’s taxpayer-funded subsidies. He also fought for improved fuel efficiency standards, and introduced a bill to bring Oregon-based energy efficiency efforts to the national level, helping homeowners and business owners conserve energy and save money. 

He’s also led efforts in the Senate to stand up for consumers and protect public health. Senator Merkley co-sponsored legislation that would ban so-called Frankenfish - genetically engineered, manufactured salmon – unless it was deemed safe by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He’s also helped lead efforts against legislation allowing special interests to ignore a court order on genetically-modified seeds that’s designed to protect other farmers, the environment, and human health.  

Senator Merkley also supports the EPA’s proposed limits on carbon pollution from new power plants, which would help combat the climate crisis and protect public health. Power plants are the largest individual sources of carbon pollution, the driving force behind changes in our climate that are worsening extreme weather.  

He is the only Senator to earn a 100% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. The non-partisan 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://scorecard.lcv.org.

Senator Merkley 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 and authorized by Jeff Merkley for Oregon.



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