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 Jerry McNerney (CA-11) for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. McNerney received an excellent 93% score on LCV’s 2009 National Environmental Scorecard and has a lifetime LCV score of 87%.*
“Congressman McNerney has been an invaluable leader in championing clean energy jobs and protecting our natural treasures,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “As a wind energy engineer and father of an Air Force veteran, Congressman McNerney knows from experience how important clean energy is to our economy and our national security. We are proud to endorse Congressman McNerney for re-election because his record proves he knows that the policies needed to grow California’s economy and keep America’s competitive edge are the same policies that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and curb harmful global warming pollution.”
Rep. McNerney voted for the House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act that would help create over 170,000 new clean energy jobs in California**, reduce carbon pollution and increase energy independence. He also supported the single largest investment in clean energy in history – more than $80 billion for energy efficiency, renewable energy and public transit in the economic recovery package, with substantial investments going to California’s 11th district to create clean energy jobs and more energy efficient buildings.
“I’m honored to have the support of the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund,” said Rep. McNerney. “From my two decades of experience developing renewable energy technology, I know firsthand how important it is that our country invests in new and clean sources of energy that will create jobs. It’s a priority for me to champion these types of investments in renewable energy and I look forward to the opportunity to continue my work in this area.”
This Congress alone, Rep. McNerney authored three clean energy provisions which were incorporated in to the House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act to expand the use of clean vehicles, increase the use of “smart grid” technologies, and provide funding for the development of green jobs training programs. Rep. McNerney is also a cosponsor of H.R. 3692, the National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act and H.R. 890, a bill to establish a federal renewable electricity standard. *** Rep. McNerney defeated Ex-Rep. Richard Pombo, widely viewed as one of the most corrupt members of Congress, in 2006 to represent California’s 11th district.
Rep. McNerney 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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Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, http://lcv.org/, and authorized by the McNerney for Congress Committee.
*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