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LCV Hails Choice of Senator Joe Biden for Vice Presidential Nomination

Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or August 23, 2008  

WASHINGTON, DC - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, applauds Barack Obama’s choice of Senator Joe Biden as his running mate.  Biden will heighten the level of environmental discourse on the campaign trail and, as Vice President, will be a strong voice for a new, clean energy future for this country. 
“With a lifetime LCV environmental score of 83%, Joe Biden recognizes that ending our addiction to oil is vital to our national security,” LCV President Gene Karpinski said.  “Senator Biden is a long-time leader on key energy and environmental issues, and the members of LCV enthusiastically support Senator Obama’s choice.”
In 2007 alone, Biden voted to strengthen CAFÉ standards and to repeal unjust subsidies to oil companies.  In 1986, he introduced the first bill designed to limit global warming pollution.
Biden has been a leader on global warming issues, chairing Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on the national security implications of unchecked global warming. He teamed with Republican Senator Dick Lugar to co-author and pass a resolution calling on the Bush Administration to return to international negotiations to address climate change.   He has sponsored and supported numerous bills throughout his career that would decrease America’s dependence on foreign oil and increase investment in new technologies and renewable fuels.  Biden has sponsored a bill to increase fuel economy standards for all automobiles, voted yes on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025, and rejected drilling in ANWR; measures that have strong environmental and economic benefits for America.
“Barack Obama’s plan for global warming and energy independence is the most substantive, comprehensive plan ever put forward by a nominee for President,” said Karpinski. “Biden’s progressive energy stance will only serve to augment Obama’s visionary plan.  They will usher in a new era of environmental leadership.”

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