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LCV Endorses Ashwin Madia for Congress in Minnesota's Third District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or joshua_mcneil@lcv.org August 12, 2008  

WASHINGTON D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, today announced its endorsement of J. Ashwin Madia for Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District.  LCV representative Hasan Nazar announced the endorsement during a tour of QBP, an environmentally friendly (LEED certified) bicycle parts manufacturer that employs hundreds of Minnesotans and boasts the second largest solar power array in the five-state area.
 
“LCV is proud to endorse a candidate eager to find solutions to environmental issues both on the local and national scale,” Nazar said.  “With an acute legal mind and hands-on international experience, Madia will bring to Washington skills and commitment that will greatly aid our nation’s fight to create a new, clean energy future.  As we can see here at Quality Bicycle Parts clean energy will be a part of the solution, creating millions of jobs across the country and ending our dependence on oil” 
 
Madia will replace retiring nine-term Representative Jim Ramstad.  Ramstad achieved an impressive 95% score on the LCV’s 2007 National Environmental Scorecard.   Madia’s dedication to clean energy and commitment to clean air and clean water for the people of Minnesota make him the logical successor to an environmental leader.
 
Madia will continue Ramstad’s legacy of opposing drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and introduce other environmental measures to help free our nation from dependence on foreign oil.  Citing energy independence amongst his top three priorities, Madia supports legislation that will expand federal incentives for sustainable energy programs, strengthen the Clean Water Act to protect Lake Minnetonka, and encourage measures that will minimize sprawl and offer balanced transportation options to help families cope with the cost of commuting.
 
“Reducing our use of foreign oil is a national security imperative,” Madia said.  “Through clean energy, we can break our addiction, clean our environment, and create thousands of good jobs here in Minnesota. I thank the thousands of members of the League of Conservation Voters for this endorsement.  With their help, I will strive to create a clean, bright, healthy future for the Minnesotans of today and the generations of tomorrow.”  



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