WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, today announced that U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan's 7th District has been named to its 2008 "Dirty Dozen" list.
LCV's trademark Dirty Dozen program targets candidates for Congress — regardless of party affiliation — who consistently vote against clean energy and conservation and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome. Since the Dirty Dozen was launched in 1996, LCV has defeated more than half of the candidates named to the list. In 2006 alone, LCV ousted several supposedly "undefeatable" incumbents such as former House Resources Chairman Richard Pombo and former Senator Conrad Burns.
"America's energy future was a decisive issue in the last election and poll after poll indicates that energy and global warming will be decisive issues in 2008," said Michigan native and LCV Representative Kerry Duggan. "During the 2006 elections, while 94 percent of incumbents won re-election, we defeated 9 out of 13 members of LCV's 'Dirty Dozen' list. In 2008, we plan to continue defeating members of the Dirty Dozen. Representative Walberg joins Representative Knollenberg (MI-09) on the Dirty Dozen because they are two of the biggest opponents in Congress when it comes to making progress on clean energy and protecting national treasures like the Great Lakes."
"Tim Walberg has distinguished himself as one of the most anti-environment members of the 2006 Congressional class," said Duggan. "He has consistently voted against clean, renewable energy and is an adamant supporter of the failed Bush/Cheney energy policies that serve only to increase profits for ExxonMobil and the other big oil companies. The citizens of Michigan's 7th District need a leader who represents them and not the interests of Big Oil."
Rep. Walberg opposed every major clean energy reform in Congress last year. He voted against repealing subsidies to Big Oil, against increasing the use of renewable electricity and against efforts to help American drivers go further on a gallon of gas. Walberg has opposed extending tax incentives to clean energy which would lead to thousands of new jobs in Michigan.
"With record gas prices and a faltering economy, Tim Walberg still doesn't get it," said Duggan, "Congress needs members with the common sense to understand that clean energy will create jobs, end our addiction to foreign oil, and ensure our national security."
Today, state Senator Mark Schauer, Walberg's opponent, appeared in Lansing with officials from a Michigan-based renewable energy company to announce 700 new green collar manufacturing jobs in Battle Creek.
"While Tim Walberg has spent the last two years defending Big Oil's record profits in Washington, Mark Schauer has been working with businesses to help them invest in renewable energy technology and create jobs right here in the 7th district," said Schauer Campaign Manager B.J. Neidhardt. "Sen. Schauer has championed renewable energy throughout his career, and he will be a strong advocate for the environment as a member of Congress."
Rep. Tim Walberg's LCV Score is a dismal 5%.* In 2007, he voted against conservation and clean energy and conservation on 19 of 20 key votes. In 2008, he voted against every major piece of clean energy and energy efficiency legislation. He also voted against the No Child Left Inside Act, designed to help educate children about the natural environment.
* The non-partisan LCV National Environmental Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate Members of Congress on conservation and clean energy issues. Based on key conservation votes in the House and Senate, it is often used by the media to quickly describe a Member's record. For more information, visit www.lcv.org/scorecard. The 2008 Scorecard will be released on October 17.
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