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LCV Endorses Steve Driehaus and Barack Obama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or joshua_mcneil@lcv.org July 21, 2008  

WASHINGTON, DC - Today the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, announced its endorsement of Ohio State Representative Steve Driehaus for the U.S. House of Representatives and Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States.
 
“Rising gas prices and global warming threaten our economy, our national security, and our way of life.  We need new leadership in Washington that will make these issues a priority and will build a new, clean energy economy that ends our addiction to oil, reduces pollution, and creates thousands of good jobs here in America,” LCV National Legislative Director Tiernan Sittenfeld said.  “That’s why LCV is proud to endorse Steve Driehaus and Barack Obama, two leaders with the vision and the judgment to bring change to Washington.”
 
“As a former member of the Peace Corps in West Africa, Steve Driehaus taught sustainable environmental practices and reforestation techniques,” Sittenfeld said. “As a state Representative, he supported establishing a clean technology and renewable energy portfolio standard. In the House, Steve Driehaus will be an important voice for Ohio families and for real energy choices.”
 
“Senator Obama’s proven record and his commitment to a clean, renewable energy future make him the best choice for President,” Sittenfeld continued.   “At a time when this country must reinvent itself for a new energy future, we can imagine no better steward than Barack Obama. Under his leadership, America will finally achieve the economic growth, environmental protection, and national security that are possible with a new, clean energy economy.”
 
“Together, Barack Obama and Steve Driehaus will be a powerful team for the future of our country and the people of Cincinnati,” Sittenfeld said.
 
Driehaus’s opponent, Congressman Steve Chabot, has accepted over $110,000 from Big Oil while voting for billions of dollars in tax breaks for Big Oil companies. Like John McCain, his proposed solutions only continue the failed policies of President Bush.  Senator McCain has earned a 24% lifetime score on LCV’s annual Environmental Scorecard.  Congressman Chabot has earned a 23% score.  Both have voted against key renewable energy and efficiency legislation at every turn.
 
Recognizing that giving oil companies a free hand to drill in our most pristine areas will have no immediate effect on high gas prices, Driehaus and Obama propose solutions that will actually help Ohio families. They support increased fuel efficiency and investment in alternative energy sources. Driehaus has already helped to pass a comprehensive energy bill in Ohio that requires investment in renewable energy and creates jobs.
 
“The steps that we have taken in the State House are steps in the right direction towards a better economy and an independence from Big Oil,” Driehaus said. “I am honored to have LCV by my side as we take these steps to the national level. With President Obama in the White House, we will create a clean and renewable energy future that strengthens our national security, protects our environment, reduces energy costs and creates jobs.” 

“America's brightest opportunities have always grown from our greatest challenges," Senator Obama said.  "Today we face the twin challenges of rising gas prices and global warming, and the American people are ready to face them.  We can harness the potential of new energy and give Americans a choice, not between filling up a gas tank or feeding their families, but between real energy alternatives. I thank the members of the League of Conservation Voters across our nation for their support and know that, together, we will create a better, cleaner, more secure future.”

An election-day poll by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research found that in 2006, energy was the most important issue for independent voters.  In  2008, as gas prices skyrocket and time to head off the effects of global warming runs out, recent polling shows energy to the be the single most important issue for the entire electorate. 

LCV was among the first national organizations to endorse Barack Obama as he trailed in early polls in the 2004 Democratic primary for U.S.  Senate. Since 1996, more than 80% of candidates endorsed by LCV have won. 

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