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LCV Endorses Andrew Rice for Senate

Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or June 23, 2008  

WASHINGTON, DC - Today the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, endorsed Oklahoma State Senator Andrew Rice for U.S. Senate. LCV Deputy Legislative Director Tim Greeff joined Rice and owner Mike Bergey at the Bergey Wind Power Co. in Norman, OK.
“Andrew Rice recognizes the incredible economic potential of clean energy,” Deputy Legislative Director of LCV, Tim Greeff, said. “He will work hard to bring new high-wage clean energy jobs to Oklahoma and to find real solutions to soaring gas prices.”
Rice has challenged Senator James Inhofe, infamous member of the LCV Dirty Dozen and frequent friend to Big Oil.   Inhofe is the Senate’s leading opponent of clean energy technologies and voted against tax credits to help renewable energy companies like Berger Wind Power Co. succeed. Having accepted more than $999,000 from the oil and gas industry, Inhofe voted for billions in taxpayer subsidies to the oil industry.  Inhofe has repeatedly voted against laws to make our cars and trucks get better fuel mileage, which will cost the average family thousands of dollars over the next few years. 
“Oklahomans are frustrated with the roadblocks that Jim Inhofe has placed in front of innovation and change,” said Greeff. “Unlike Jim Inhofe, Andrew Rice will stand up for the people of Oklahoma, instead of standing behind campaign contributors from the oil industry.”
“I believe in the ingenuity of Oklahomans,” said Rice. “Entrepreneurs like Mike Bergey are making the most of new innovations and creating good jobs.  With Jim Inhofe out of the way, Oklahoma is headed toward a cleaner, brighter, more prosperous future.”
In the State Senate, Rice serves on the Appropriation Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Regulatory Services. He has advocated for initiatives to convert state vehicles to run on natural gas or clean burning fuels and helped public schools to achieve annual savings in electrical energy costs through energy efficiency. 
“I am honored by the endorsement of League of Conservation Voters,” said Rice. “Together, we will bring needed change to the Senate and work to find solutions that guarantee a healthy environment for our children and a healthy economy for all of us.”

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