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Highlights her leadership on energy efficiency bill to save consumers money & create jobs
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today launched a television ad campaign praising Senator Susan Collins for her co-sponsorship of bipartisan energy efficiency legislation, which would save consumers money on their energy bills and create thousands of jobs. The ad, “Stuck,” begins running this week in the Portland market.
“Senator Collins leadership on this energy efficiency bill is just what we need to cut through the Washington gridlock and get real results for Maine families,” said Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters.
Senator Collins is a co-sponsor of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013, commonly referred to as the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill, which the Senate is likely to take up later this month. The comprehensive bipartisan legislation would spur innovation in energy efficiency technologies for the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the version of the bill that Collins co-sponsored in May is “similar” to a previous version that ACEEE estimated would create thousands of jobs while saving consumers money on their energy bills. Backup for the ad is available here.
Collins has also championed funding for a deepwater offshore wind development project off Maine’s coast that the University of Maine estimated could “create 7,000 – 15,000 jobs needed to design, build, construct, operate and maintain” offshore wind infrastructure.
LCV recently released polling showing that Senator Collins’ support for environmental priorities like the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill is helping her standing across Maine. According to the poll, 76% of voters said Collins’ support of this legislation made them more likely to support her, and Senator Collins is viewed favorably by a strong majority of Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike.
Senator Collins earned a 71% score on LCV’s 2012 National Environmental Scorecard, and she has the highest lifetime score of any Senate Republican. 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://scorecard.lcv.org/.