CALIFORNIA – On Wednesday, November 4th Ex-Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (R) announced her candidacy for California’s 2010 Senate race. Her announcement came as Senator Barbara Boxer kicked off mark-up of comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation that she co-authored within the Environment and Public Works committee that she chairs.
“Fiorina has kicked off her campaign playing loose with the facts. Pegging job losses in the Central Valley to environmental regulation when most are due to the current drought is nothing more than a political play,” said Tony Massaro, Senior Vice President for Political Affairs at the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund. “We need to aggressively combat global warming so droughts don’t become more frequent and severe. Senator Boxer is working to create thousands of clean energy jobs in California and across the nation while Fiorina knows more about job elimination than job creation.”
According to an updated report by UC Davis, the job losses in the Central Valley actually equal 21,000, a majority 16,000 of which are due to the current drought not environmental regulation.
Under Fiorina’s tenure at Hewlett Packard she laid-off 28,000 employees and eventually was fired for her mishandling of the company [Los Angeles Times, 08/06/08]. During this time, HP sustained multiple EPA violations including a fine of $712,750 in 2001 for not reporting information they learned about a previously unknown “substantial risk of injury” posed by a chemical. By comparison, the company has since been named #1 on Newsweek’s 2009 Green Rankings of America's 500 largest corporations.
“A failed business executive who knows too well about outsourcing jobs and ignoring environmental protections is the last person we need representing California in the U.S. Senate,” said Warner Chabot, CEO of the California League of Conservation Voters. “Her abysmal record can’t compete with Senator Boxer and we can’t afford to gamble on an amateur when we already have a champion in the ring.”
As Senator McCain’s surrogate during the 2008 Presidential election, Fiorina repeatedly endorsed expanding domestic offshore drilling even though her state of California experienced one of the most destructive U.S. oil spills when 100,000 barrels of oil spilled in to the Santa Barbara Channel.
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