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 Richard Blumenthal for U.S. Senate.
“LCV Action Fund is proud to endorse Richard Blumenthal for U.S. Senate because he understands that the policies needed to grow Connecticut’s economy and keep America’s competitive edge are the same policies that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and curb harmful carbon pollution,” said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski. “We are confident that as Senator, Richard Blumenthal will work to enact common-sense energy policies that create jobs in Connecticut while ensuring that America leads the 21st century’s clean energy economy.”
Blumenthal supports comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create new energy jobs. Throughout his tenure as Connecticut Attorney General, Blumenthal has worked to support state legislation that invests in renewable energy to help create jobs and reduce carbon pollution. Blumenthal's efforts as Connecticut's Attorney General on behalf of environmental causes, including joining bipartisan fights to block controversial energy projects on the Long Island Sound, reflect his commitment to environmental protections and investments in job-creating clean energy. In January 2010, Blumenthal joined 15 other attorneys general in support of defending the EPA in their efforts to begin regulation of dangerous carbon pollution.
“It is an honor to receive the endorsement from the League of Conservation Voters. We share a commitment to protecting Connecticut’s environment and to clean-energy technologies that will help us meet that goal, create green jobs and strengthen our economy,” said Blumenthal. “As Attorney General, I’ve stood up to the big energy companies and fought to protect Long Island Sound and keep our air clean and our water safe. As a U.S. Senator, I will continue to fight for the people of Connecticut, stand up to the big energy companies, and work to protect our state’s natural beauty for our children and future generations to come.”
By way of contrast, Blumenthal is running against Linda McMahon, WWE CEO, who has said she would consider voting to eliminate the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. She has also called the sound and settled science of global warming “potentially questionable”. As Attorney General, Blumenthal participated in successful bipartisan efforts by state and federal lawmakers to defeat plans to locate the Broadwater Energy liquefied natural gas terminal in the Long Island Sound and build the Islander East natural gas pipeline between Connecticut and New York. McMahon said it was difficult to say whether she would oppose such plans.
"We have counted on Dick Blumenthal for many years to uphold Connecticut's laws and he has been an effective and passionate voice for environmental protection and clean energy investments,” said Lori Brown, Executive Director of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters. “Dick Blumenthal is a win for business, jobs and the environment."
Richard Blumenthal 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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