WASHINGTON, DC –The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, today added Alaska Congressman Don Young to its 2008 “Dirty Dozen” list.* Young’s abysmal record on energy issues makes him one of this year’s worst candidates for re-election to the US House of Representatives.
“Alaska is the frontline of global warming. As their homes and businesses slide into the sea, the people of Alaska deserve a Representative who will fight for real solutions, not oil company profits,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “Don Young has repeatedly blocked legislation that would raise fuel efficiency in our cars; repeal subsides for oil conglomerates, and invest in clean renewable energy, working instead to pad the pockets of Big Oil interests at home and in Washington.”
In his 30 plus years in Congress, Young has scored 0% thirteen times on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard, making him one of the most anti-environmental members of the United States House of Representatives. Over the past several years, Young’s record has been particularly weak. In 2007, he voted against clean renewable electricity, and was absent for the vote on the energy bill set to raise automotive efficiency standards – measures which earned him a 2007 LCV score of 10%.
Young has also consistently voted against repealing subsides for Big Oil and against legislation to make cars go farther on a gallon of gas. He has opposed efforts to develop clean, renewable energy sources that have the potential to create millions of jobs in America, end our addiction to oil, and protect our planet. He has accepted more than $950,000 from the oil and gas industry since taking office.
“The last thing Washington needs is another oil tycoon,” said Karpinski. “But Young’s heartfelt opposition to clean energy proves that he is loyal to corporations, not to the people of Alaska. Don Young cares more about Exxon’s bottom line than about our economy, our environment or our nation’s security.”
*LCV's trademark "Dirty Dozen" program targets congressional candidates and members - regardless of party affiliation - who consistently vote against the environment and are running in races where LCV has a serious chance of affecting the outcome. For more information, visit www.lcv.org/dirtydozen
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