|Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords accepts the endorsement from LCV Deputy Legislative Director Tim Greeff.|
WASHINGTON, DC - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, today announced the endorsement of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords for reelection in Arizona's Eighth District. Giffords, a former Arizona state representative and state senator, has spent her entire career protecting Arizona's natural environment and working to turn Arizona's incredible potential to produce solar energy into high-wage jobs for the state.
"In only two years in Congress, she has become one of the great champions of clean energy and of protecting our planet for future generations,” LCV Deputy Legislative Director Tim Greeff said. “To move forward into a clean, renewable energy future, America needs more leaders like Gabrielle Giffords."
With a 100% lifetime score from the Arizona League of Conservation Voters (AZLCV) as a state legislator and state senator from 2001 to 2005, Giffords earned repeated endorsements from the AZLCV and regularly appeared on AZLCV's Honor Roll of the best conservation legislators in the state. She consistently voted for clean air, clean water, and expanding Arizona's economy through expansion of solar energy.
"Throughout her career, both in the Arizona legislature and in Congress, Gabrielle Giffords has worked to protect Arizona's natural beauty and the health and safety of our citizens," AZLCV Board President Jessica Catlin said. "We are proud of her record in Congress, and believe that a clean future for Arizona could not be in better hands."
Giffords earned a 95% on the LCV Scorecard* in 2007, leading the fight to revoke billions in taxpayer handouts to Big Oil and to use those funds to extend tax credits for solar energy production in Arizona and throughout the country. Hundreds of jobs at the Solana Generating Station and other sites in Arizona are at risk should those tax credits expire.
"Receiving the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters is a great honor,” Congresswoman Giffords said. “I am proud to share the goals of its dedicated members in Southern Arizona to protect our precious lands and natural resources. Together, we are working to preserve our delicate environment, reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, and promote renewable energy. With the support of the League of Conservation Voters, I am leading efforts in Congress to advance solar power research and usage. It is one of the most abundant and clean forms of energy and with over 300 days of sunshine every year, Arizona must take the lead."
*The non-partisan LCV Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate Members of Congress on conservation and clean energy issues. Based on key conservation votes in the House and Senate, it is often used by the media to quickly describe a Member’s record. For more information, visit www.lcv.org/scorecard.