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LCV on Senate Confirmation of John Kerry to be Secretary of State

Contact: Jeff Gohringer, (202) 454-4573 or

January 29, 2013  

WASHINGTON, DC – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released this statement following the Senate’s vote today to confirm President Obama’s nomination of Senator John Kerry (D-MA) to be Secretary of State:

“We congratulate Secretary Kerry on his confirmation and look forward to working with him in his new capacity to combat the climate crisis at home and abroad, protect our planet, and improve our national security,” said Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters. “His strong environmental record in the Senate and longtime leadership in the fight against climate change gives us hope that as Secretary of State, he will reject the dangerous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and push for strong international action.”

Senator Kerry has an impressive 91% 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


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