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 Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24) for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Kosmas earned a perfect 100% on LCV’s 2009 National Environmental Scorecard.*
“During her first term in office, Representative Kosmas has quickly become a champion of legislation to create jobs and make America a leader in building the 21st century clean energy economy,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “We are proud to endorse Representative Kosmas for re-election because she understands that the best way to get Florida’s skilled workers back on the job is with policies that encourage American clean energy and innovation while reducing our dangerous dependence on foreign oil and curbing harmful pollution.”
Rep. Kosmas voted for the House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act that would help create over 90,000 clean energy jobs in Florida**, reduce carbon pollution and increase energy independence. She 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 more than $20 million invested in job-creating clean energy and energy efficiency projects in Florida’s 24th district.
"Bringing clean energy jobs to Central Florida has always been one of my highest priorities, and I am working hard to support measures that create jobs, improve our environment, and help make us more energy independent," said Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas.
"Congresswoman Kosmas has demonstrated bold leadership in her support of sound energy policy,” said Ilysia Shattuck, Executive Director of the Florida Conservation Alliance. "She is moving measures forward that are exactly what we need in the Sunshine State for clean energy job creation that protects both our economy and our environment."
Support from Rep. Kosmas was critical in passing several clean energy and energy efficiency projects to benefit Florida communities, including more than $35 million to repair and upgrade schools through the Green Schools Act and a bipartisan bill to protect safe drinking water in states like Florida that are vulnerable to natural disasters.
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Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, http://lcv.org/, and authorized by Kosmas for Congress.
*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