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LCV Endorses Kathy Dahlkemper

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or joshua_mcneil@lcv.org October 24, 2008  

WASHINGTON - Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, announced the endorsement of Kathy Dahlkemper for Congress in the election for Pennsylvania's 3rd Congressional District.
 
"Kathy Dahlkemper understands that energy and environmental policy are intrinsically linked to our national security, economy, health, and quality of life," said LCV President Gene Karpinski.  "She will provide a strong and steady voice in Congress and help lead the fight to invest in clean energy, which will create American jobs, protect our planet, and end our addiction to oil."

"I am committed to working in Congress to leave our country brighter and cleaner than I found it so that our children can grow up in a healthy world,” Dahlkemper said.  “I am proud to accept the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters."
 
Kathy Dahlkemper is the founder of the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park and served as its director for ten years.  Clean energy and conservation are priority issues for Dahlkemper and she supports legislation to create incentives for renewable energy sources, provide support for an influx of clean energy jobs, and reduce global warming pollution 15 to 20 % by 2020.
 
Dahlkemper's opponent, Representative Phil English, has a lowly LCV lifetime score of just 28%*. Since joining Congress in 1995, Rep. English has consistently voted against measures to decrease our addiction to oil and in favor of preserving tax breaks to big oil companies.  He has received $209,136 in career campaign contributions from oil and gas interests.  In the 110th Congress alone, Rep. English voted against a renewable energy, against increasing fuel efficiency standards in America’s automobiles, and against repealing billions in taxpayer handouts to oil companies.
 
"The choice is clear in Pennsylvania's 3rd District," said Karpinski.  "Kathy Dahlkemper will address the urgent conservation and energy issues that face our country and stand up for her constituents, not the interests of Big Oil."  

* The non-partisan LCV National Environmental 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.

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