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LCV Celebrates Choice of Bill Richardson for Secretary of Commerce

Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or December 3, 2008  

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, LCV celebrates President-elect Obama’s choice of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to serve as Secretary of Commerce. 

Richardson earned a solid 82% LCV Lifetime score during his tenure in Congress and was twice endorsed by Conservation Voters New Mexico during his gubernatorial campaigns. Having served as Secretary of Energy under President Clinton, he understands the intricate details of America’s energy policy.  As Governor, he aggressively pursued policies to reduce global warming pollution and to establish New Mexico as a leader in clean energy technology, creating thousands of jobs in the state.

“As Secretary of Commerce, Governor Richardson will continue to be a powerful advocate for clean energy,” LCV President Gene Karpinski said.  “He recognizes both the economic threat of global warming and the economic potential of renewable energy.  His long experience with these issues will help America’s businesses rebuild our economy with clean energy and create international solutions to the international challenge of global warming.”

Responding to an LCV questionnaire during his campaign for President, Richardson said:
“Everything we do at home should be leveraged into international policy. I will immediately go back to the international negotiating table. I will restore bilateral partnerships with other nations that want to implement new technologies and efficiencies and control greenhouse gas emissions. I will get the North American Energy Council going not only to push for regional carbon trading but also to bring renewables and efficiency to market. I will implement a new, coordinated, international energy and climate policy, and America will return to international leadership on these issues.”

As Secretary of Commerce, Richardson will oversee the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which conducts much of the U.S. Government’s climate research and protects our oceans.  A committed conservationist throughout his career, Richardson offers a new direction for our oceans.

From his LCV questionnaire:

“The oceans are critical. We need an ocean protection program – including not drilling in the ecologically critical OCS – that will also allow us to lead other nations by example. I know that fishing and transportation interests will have to agree in their own long-term interest, but moving them will require presidential leadership to implement needed ocean policy reforms.”

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