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LCV Launches 2nd TV Ad Showing Rep. Costa’s Votes in Washington Endanger Health of Californians

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or

November 18, 2011  

CALIFORNIA – Today, the League of Conservation Voters launched a second television ad in California’s 20th district highlighting Representative Jim Costa’s recent record in Washington of putting corporate polluters ahead of public health. The television ad will run as part of the original ad buy on broadcast and cable in the Fresno media market.

“Endangering the health of California families will not jumpstart the economy, yet Congressman Costa has continually voted for toxic legislation that would block the EPA’s efforts to protect Americans from dangerous air pollution like mercury, smog, and soot,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “Congressman Costa should stop siding with corporate polluters and start standing up for the men, women and children of the Central Valley whose health he is jeopardizing with each of these votes.”

The TV ad points out that Rep. Costa has repeatedly voted against protecting the environment and public health, this year supporting efforts to weaken the Clean Air Act and prevent the EPA from addressing dangerous air pollution like mercury, smog and carbon pollution. [HR910, House Vote 249, 4/7/11; HR1, House Vote 96, 2/18/11; HR2250, House Vote 791, 10/13/11; HR2681, House Vote 764, 10/6/11; HR2401, House Vote 741, 9/23/11] With almost weekly votes to block public health protections occurring in the U.S. House, including likely upcoming votes on bills which would block pollution safeguards from new power plants and indefinitely delay new protections, the ad urges Rep. Costa’s constituents to contact the Congressman to tell him to stop voting with polluters.

According to the Fresno Bee, “More than one in five Valley children has asthma -- the highest level in the state. And researchers fear more than one in four children could have the chronic lung disease within the next few years. Fresno County is California's asthma capital: Nearly one in three -- or about 75,000 children -- have it, according to a 2005 statewide health survey.”[Fresno Bee, 12/12/07] 

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