WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters, which works to turn environmental values into public policy, announced today the endorsement of Larry Kissell for election to North Carolina’s 8th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Larry Kissell understands that developing a new national energy policy and averting global climate change are crucial, not only for the protection of our environment, but also for our national security and for our economy,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “He is committed to reducing global warming pollution and embracing the clean, renewable energy of the future, which will bring new ‘green collar’ jobs to revitalize the economy of North Carolina and the nation. LCV is proud to endorse him.”
Kissell, a former textiles worker turned high school social studies teacher, is an avid cyclist, outdoorsman and conservationist. His family drives a hybrid car and he rides his bike whenever possible. He is committed to preserving public lands, protecting the air and water and investing in renewable energy sources like wind and solar.
As a candidate for the U.S. House, he has promised to support legislation to reduce global warming pollution 15-20 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. He also supports legislation requiring that at least 20 percent of the nation’s electricity come from clean, renewable sources by 2020 and legislation to improve energy efficiency in buildings.
In stark contrast, incumbent U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes (R-NC-08) consistently votes against the environment and has an abysmal LCV lifetime score of 8 percent. In 2007, Rep. Hayes voted to preserve billions of dollars in tax breaks for Big Oil, and voted against requiring more of the nation’s electricity to come from clean, renewable sources. He also voted against making cars go farther on a gallon of gas, and he voted against efforts to strengthen the Clean Water Act, which is crucial for protecting the nation’s lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands for future generations.
“North Carolinians deserve better representation on these key issues,” Karpinski said. “And Larry Kissell is the candidate who can deliver it. We wholeheartedly support his candidacy.”
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LCV engages in public education, legislative action, and electoral accountability to turn environmental values into public policy. LCV has made global warming and America’s energy future a central focus in the 2008 election cycle.