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LCV Endorses Republican Mark Gordon and Democrat Gary Trauner in Wyoming Congressional Primaries

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Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or joshua_mcneil@lcv.org August 18, 2008  

WASHINGTON, DC - The non-partisan League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, today endorsed Republican Mark Gordon and Democrat Gary Trauner in their respective primary contests for Wyoming’s at-large congressional seat.
 
“Protecting the planet and is not a partisan issue,” said LCV president Gene Karpinski. “America needs to chart a course for a clean energy future and we need champions like Mark Gordon and Gary Trauner in Washington to do it. If Gordon and Trauner win their respective primaries and gain their party’s nomination, the real winners after the general election will be the people of Wyoming.”
 
 Republican Mark Gordon is a genuine conservationist, a chapter leader for the Sierra Club, a Wyoming Nature Conservancy board member and chairman of the Wyoming Environmental Quality Council. For over thirty years Gordon’s has run a profitable ranch while maintaining and enhancing the integrity of the land and sees the effects of risky gas exploration that is taking place in some of the most precious parts of Wyoming. 
 
“I’m tired of the old saw that we can have either a good economy or a good environment and we should actively work to achieve both.” Gordon said. “Global warming is a critical issue for our time and must step up to this challenge by fostering alternative energy sources that minimize carbon emissions and create new jobs.”

Democrat Gary Trauner has been active in public service throughout his career, including being chair of the county’s school board.  In that role, he worked to achieve approval for the first LEED certified sustainable elementary school ever in Wyoming.
 
He is a founding member of the Teton County Pathways task force, a quasi-governmental group that promoted the development and construction of a comprehensive pathway system for recreation and alternative transportation purposes, and is currently a member of the Open Range Committee of the Jackson Hole Land Trust, an organization devoted to preserving land integrity by working with landowners and utilizing market-based tools.
 
Mr. Trauner understands the critical environmental issues we face. “The search for sustainable energy independence is the issue of our time,” he said. “Wyoming can and should be a leader in reducing emissions and developing alternative fuels such as wind, solar and biofuels to stop global warming and become a world leader in the economy of the future.” 



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