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LCV Endorses Joe Garcia for Congress

Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or October 28, 2008  

WASHINGTON - Today, the League of Conservation Voters, which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, endorsed Joe Garcia in the election for Florida’s 25th Congressional District.

“Florida is a state with immense natural beauty and ecological value, and needs a representative who will stand up to protect Florida’s families,” LCV representative Ilysia Shattuck said.  “In Congress, Joe Garcia will fight for the Everglades and for new sources of renewable energy that will create jobs in Southern Florida, end our dependence on foreign oil, and reduce the threat of global warming.”

As Chairperson of the Florida Public Service Commission, Garcia stood up to big corporations and worked across party lines to sign into law Florida’s largest reduction in energy costs.  While on the commission, Garcia required public water plants to adhere to higher standards and fought to keep utilities clean.  He strongly supports the 11-mile Everglades Skyway proposal, which will restore the natural water flow of the Everglades.

Garcia’s opponent, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart received a pathetic 15% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard,* making him one of the worst members of congress on energy and environmental issues. 

“The Everglades and the people of Florida will be among the first victims of rising sea-levels, stronger hurricanes and other effects of global warming,” Shattuck continued. “ Congressman Diaz-Balart stands in the way of real solutions.  Joe Garcia will fight for the clean energy that will improve our economy and keep South Florida families safe.”

*  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

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