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LCV Endorses Congressman Tim Walz

Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or October 10, 2008  

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today the League of Conservation Voters endorsed Tim Walz for re-election to Minnesota’s first congressional district.
“Tim Walz took great initiative during his first term in office, helping push through important environmental legislation and fighting for clean energy,” LCV President Gene Karpinski said. “He has supported groundbreaking initiatives that will end our addiction to oil, invest in renewable energy sources, and create jobs right here at home.”
“I am honored by this endorsement and will keep working with LCV and members of both parties to create clean, renewable energy jobs here in Minnesota,” Congressman Walz said.
Representative Walz earned an 85% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard in his first year in congress, voting in favor of clean, renewable energy, reducing global warming pollution, and clean air and water.   Walz has supported measures to protect consumers by limiting price gouging and suspending purchases for America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve. He voted in favor of the CLEAN Energy Act, which rolled back $14 billion in taxpayer-paid subsides and tax breaks for Big Oil companies, and redirected the money to renewable energy tax incentives.
Walz cosponsored several key bills that have promoted the clean energy debate, including the Fuel Economy Reform Act, the Safe Climate Act, and the Udall-Platts bill, which requires that 20% of America’s energy come from clean, renewable sources by 2020.  Walz promises to continue his support for clean energy in his next term by investing in energy conservation programs, environment restoration, and carbon capture and sequestration efforts. 
“Congressman Walz has done a great job of reaching across the aisle and working with other Freshmen members of congress to promote bi-partisan legislation that will make a real impact on the environment and the economy,” said Karpinski.  “He has bright new ideas for his next term, and will continue to be a strong ally for clean energy in Congress.”

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