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 Jim Himes (CT-04) for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Himes received an outstanding 100% score on LCV's 2009 National Environmental Scorecard, his first LCV score as a member of Congress.
"Congressman Himes has quickly become a leader in ensuring that America leads the 21st century's clean energy economy," said LCV President Gene Karpinski. "We are proud to endorse Congressman Himes for re-election because he is fighting for policies that will not only build a clean energy economy that gets Connecticut workers back on the job, but will also reduce our dangerous dependence on oil and curb harmful carbon pollution."
Rep. Himes' support was crucial to the House's passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which would help create over 16,000 clean energy jobs in Connecticut. Rep. Himes 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 job-creating clean energy and energy efficiency projects in Connecticut's 4th district.
"I am eager to continue fighting for policies that promote clean energy, encourage smart development, and make us good stewards of the planet our children will inherit," said Rep. Himes. "Our reliance on foreign fossil fuels threatens our national security, our environment, and our economy. We must continue working to be the country that harnesses the power of clean, renewable energy to ensure the United States is the country that leads the 21st century."
LCV Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization and in past cycles, including 2008, endorsed former Rep. Chris Shays in Connecticut's 4th district. Rep. Himes is featured on LCVAF's GiveGreen website, http://lcv.org/givegreen, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates. For a complete list of LCV Action Fund's 2010 congressional endorsements visit http://www.lcv.org/2010.
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 The non-partisan LCV Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate Members of Congress on clean energy, public health and environmental 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