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LCV Endorses Congressman Tim Johnson

Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or October 24, 2008  

WASHINGTON - Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, announced the endorsement of Tim Johnson for Congress in the election for the 15th Congressional District of Illinois.
"Congressman Johnson understands the enormous potential of clean, renewable energy to create jobs in Illinois, to improve our national security and to fight global warming," said LCV President Gene Karpinski.  "He continues to be a powerful advocate for Illinois and for a clean energy future."
Tim Johnson is running for his fifth term as a US Congressman.  He supports vital clean energy measures, including a repeal of tax breaks and subsidies to the oil industry, new incentives for renewable electricity, and a national increase in fuel efficiency to 35 miles per gallon by 2018, efforts that will improve our economy and our environment while save consumers money.  Johnson also voted for a resolution endorsing mandatory limits on global warming pollution and in favor of a National Intelligence Estimate on the security implications of global warming.
"Now, more than ever, Congress needs strong and consistent leaders," said Karpinski.  "Tim Johnson will fight for clean, renewable energy and environmental protection for the 15th district and America."
Rep. Johnson earned a solid 70% rating on LCV's National Environmental Scorecard in the 110th congress.  He has crossed party lines in order to work with both sides of the aisle to accomplish clean energy and conservation initiatives.  Johnson has been a consistent advocate of National Park protection and opposes opening up our natural treasures to unnecessary logging and other detrimental activities.
"I'm grateful and humbled by the endorsement from the League of Conservation Voters,” Johnson said.  “This organization plays a crucial role in keeping voters, as well as myself, informed of the implications of policy on the environment. I have never set out to craft a position in order to gain an endorsement. I cast my votes based on conscience and the leanings of my district. Nevertheless, it is gratifying that people like the League of Conservation Voters take notice."

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