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 Raul Grijalva (AZ-07) for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Grijalva has an impeccable LCV lifetime environmental score of 95% and received a perfect 100% on LCV’s scorecard for his voting record in the 110th Congress.* In 2009, Rep. Grijalva’s support was crucial to the House passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act.
“Congressman Grijalva has been a consistent leader in ensuring that America leads the 21st century’s clean energy economy,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “We are proud to endorse Congressman Grijalva for re-election because he is fighting for policies that will not only build a clean energy economy that gets Arizona workers back on the job, but will also reduce our dependence on foreign oil and curb harmful carbon pollution.”
Rep. Grijalva 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 Arizona’s 7th district.
“Raul Grijalva has been an environmental leader for decades,” said Steve Arnquist, Executive Director of the Arizona League of Conservation Voters. “Even before he went to Congress, as Chair of the Pima County supervisors, Congressman Grijalva was an integral part of the landmark Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan. Southern Arizona is one of the most bio-diverse regions in the nation and, thanks in large part to Grijalva, we have a nationally recognized conservation plan to guide us into the 21st century. Grijalva has also introduced legislation to expand Saguaro National Park and to designate new wilderness areas in the Tumacacori Highlands. It is imperative that we have strong voices like Congressman Grijalva in Congress who will work hard to protect Southern Arizona’s natural heritage.”
As Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Rep. Grijalva has made environmental conservation one of his top priorities. In 2009, he introduced a bill to make permanent the National Landscape Conservation System.
Rep. Grijalva 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. 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