Washington, DC - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies, today announced its endorsement of Betsy Markey (CO-4) for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Markey earned a strong 79% on LCV’s 2009 National Environmental Scorecard.*
“During her first term in office, Congresswoman Markey has been a champion of legislation to create jobs and make Colorado a leader in building America’s clean energy economy,” said Tony Massaro, Colorado native and LCV’s Senior Vice President for Political Affairs. “We are proud to endorse Congresswoman Markey for re-election because she understands that the best way to create jobs in this economy is with policies that encourage American clean energy and innovation while reducing our dependence on foreign oil and reducing harmful pollution.”
Rep. Markey has earned praise from both conservationists and business owners for her work in Congress to create new American jobs, including in the clean energy sector.[i] She voted for the House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act that would help create over 28,000 clean energy jobs in Colorado**, reduce carbon pollution and increase energy independence. She also supported the singleQ largest investment in clean energy in history – more than $80 billion for energy efficiency, renewable energy and public transit as part of the 2009 economic recovery package, with more than $128 million invested in job-creating clean energy and energy efficiency projects in Colorado.[ii]
"As a small business owner Betsy Markey understands how to meet our environmental and economic challenges,” said Pete Maysmith, Executive Director of the Colorado Conservation Voters. “She has helped create new energy jobs, save businesses money through energy efficiency programs and protect Colorado's beauty which drives one of our largest industries, tourism."
Support from Congresswoman Markey was critical in improving natural resources legislation to benefit Colorado communities, including amending the Water Quality Investment Act to invest more in clean drinking water for rural communities[iii] . Her support was also central to the passage of the Green Schools Act, which brought more than $66 million to modernize, upgrade and repair Colorado’s public schools.[iv]
Rep. Markey is also featured on LCVAF’s GiveGreen website, http://lcv.org/givegreen, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates.
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*The non-partisan LCV 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 position. For more information, visit http://lcv.org/scorecard
** Center for American Progress & Political Economy Research Institute, http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/06/clean_energy_map.html