|Gary Peters with LCV's Kerry Duggan|
Rochester, MI – Today the League of Conservation Voters, which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, endorsed the candidacy of former State Senator Gary Peters in Michigan's 9th Congressional District. Peters' record of defending the Great Lakes and his keen understanding of the economic and environmental issues facing Michigan and the United States make him the best choice to represent his district.
"We are facing tough times here in Michigan," Peters said. "Fortunately, we have the necessary resources, both human and infrastructure, to be a leader in the creation of new green jobs. Through the infusion of capital into new and existing businesses, the use of tax incentives for new companies that create jobs in Michigan, public-private partnerships with our institutes of higher learning, and a commitment to retrain our workforce, the benefit of new jobs and a cleaner environment will create a win-win situation for Michigan and for America."
LCV will work to help Peters defeat Congressman Joe Knollenberg, a member of the 2008 LCV Dirty Dozen.*
Knollenberg has spent his career putting the interests of oil companies and corporate polluters over the interests of the people of Michigan. Since 2001, Rep. Knollenberg has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from polluting energy interests, and recently voted to continue tax breaks and subsidies to big oil. Knollenberg's vote for Big Oil will mean fewer investments in new renewable energy sources that could bring jobs to Michigan's struggling economy.
Knollenberg's lifetime LCV score of 8% ranks him among the worst members of Congress.**
"Rep. Knollenberg's record clearly shows that he votes for policies that reward his corporate contributors rather than his own constituents," LCV spokeswoman and Oakland County native Kerry Duggan said. "When Gary Peters is elected, Michigan voters will finally have a representative who stands up for Michigan jobs, fights to protect natural treasures like the Great Lakes and puts the interests of Michiganders first."
* For information on the Dirty Dozen, visit http://www.lcv.org/campaigns/dirty-dozen.
** The non-partisan LCV Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate Member 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 position. For more information, visit http://www.lcv.org/scorecard.