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LCV Holds Largest Ever Capital Dinner Featuring Sens. Warren and Franken

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

13 Jun 2013  


Follows nearly 100 meetings with the Obama Administration and leaders on Capitol Hill 

**Photos of Sen. Warren, Sen. Franken and LCV President Gene Karpinski**

WASHINGTON, DC – The League of Conservation Voters held their largest ever Capital Dinner last night, which included speeches by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Al Franken, who spoke about the urgent need to combat the climate crisis. Earlier in the day, members of LCV and state LCVs from across the country held nearly 100 meetings with the White House, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the Department of Interior, and members of Congress and their staff to push for action on climate change. 

“In yesterday’s meetings, we heard an unprecedented enthusiasm for taking action on climate change. The President has said all the right things on combating the climate crisis, and it’s more important than ever that those words are backed up with action. We need the President to lead on climate change by cutting carbon pollution from new and existing power plants, and we need  our allies on Capitol Hill to help him meet the challenge of our generation,” said Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters. 

Senators Warren and Franken joined leaders from throughout the environmental community and 28 members of Congress at the Capital Dinner, which celebrated LCV’s success last year and highlighted the policy priorities for the year ahead. 

“This is a fight for our future,” Senator Warren said during her remarks at the dinner. “We want to invest in our future – invest in a future that can create jobs, strengthen our national security and at the same time save our planet.” 

“We can’t leave the challenge of climate change to future generations,” said Senator Franken in his remarks. “We have to keep fighting….It’s our moral obligation to protect the planet for future generations.” 

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