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LCV Challenges Gomez to Put Massachusetts Families Ahead of Oil Companies

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

30 May 2013  |  Intern Admin


Asks Gomez to agree to a simple pledge standing up to oil and coal companies 

WASHINGTON – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today is challenging Gabriel Gomez to agree to a commonsense pledge that puts Massachusetts families ahead of Big Oil. The pledge asks Gomez to commit to the same energy priorities that Ed Markey has supported in Congress, and would let Massachusetts voters know where he stands before they head to the polls next month.

“Massachusetts voters are going to head to the polls to pick their next Senator less than a month from now, and they deserve to know where both candidates stand. Ed Markey has supported these priorities for years, and Gabriel Gomez should make clear he would do the same by agreeing to this pledge,” said Jeff Gohringer, National Press Secretary for the League of Conservation Voters.     

With Election Day nearing, LCV is asking Gomez to let Massachusetts voters know where he stands by agreeing to a simple pledge: to defend Environmental Protection Agency regulations on mercury and carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants; stand up to Big Oil and Big Coal by voting to eliminate tax incentives for oil companies; and support federally-funded subsidies for clean, renewable wind and solar energy.

These are some of the most important energy and environmental issues that will face the next U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. In the absence of Congressional action on climate change, it’s especially important that voters know whether Gomez would support the EPA’s efforts to limit carbon pollution. But Gomez has not yet outlined his plans to deal with these priorities on the campaign trail, and his website also fails to lay out a specific agenda on any of them. 

Ed Markey has made clear where he stands on each of these critical issues. Markey has sponsored legislation that would eliminate billions of dollars of wasteful oil subsidies, consistently voted to support EPA safeguards against dangerous mercury pollution, and wrote a landmark bill that would dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change and increase America’s use of clean wind and solar power.

The LCV pledge reads as follows:

Will you pledge to stand up to Big Oil and Big Coal by: 1) defending Environmental Protection Agency regulations on mercury and carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, 2) voting to eliminate tax incentives for oil companies, and 3) supporting federally-funded subsidies for clean, renewable wind and solar energy?

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