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 Tom Perriello (VA-05) for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.
“During his first term, Congressman Perriello championed efforts to bring new clean energy jobs to Virginia and make America less dependent on oil from hostile nations,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “We are proud to endorse Congressman Perriello for re-election because he has fought to ensure that America – and more importantly Virginia – leads in the creation of the 21st century’s new clean energy economy.”
Rep. Perriello voted for the House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act that would help create over 44,000 clean energy jobs in Virginia*, 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 Virginia’s 5th district.
"Congressman Perriello has demonstrated bold leadership in his votes to advance sound energy policy,” said Lisa Guthrie, Executive Director of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters. “These measures are exactly what Virginia's 5th Congressional District needs to jumpstart clean energy job creation right in the heart of our Commonwealth."
In July of 2009, Rep. Perriello unveiled “New Energy for the Fifth District: A Blueprint for Putting Southside and Central Virginia at the Forefront of the Clean Energy Economy.” The strategy document outlines why the 5th District of Virginia is positioned to become a leading region in the nation for the clean energy economy. He recognizes that climate change threatens both our national security and our economy. He supports investing in alternative energy and efficiency technologies to make our country safe and to promote economic growth.**
A Pew commissioned survey of Virginia’s 5th district confirms that the congressman's vote for comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation is exactly in-line with his constituents, with a solid 70 percent in favor of reducing global warming pollution and boosting our use of clean energy sources.***
Rep. Perriello is also featured on LCV Action Fund’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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* Center for American Progress & Political Economy Research Institute, http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/06/clean_energy_map.html