WASHINGTON – Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, announced the inaugural state-level Dirty Dozen program. State LCVs in 12 states will engage in various public education efforts to ensure that voters are armed with information about these particularly dirty candidates’ anti-environment records.
“From Congress to the state house there has never been a more urgent time to defeat politicians who stand with corporate polluters and block progress on sound environmental policies,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “With the U.S. Senate’s recent failure to act on comprehensive energy and climate legislation, we need strong environmental leaders at the state level to move the ball forward on new energy policies that will put America on the path to a clean energy future.”
In choosing the 12 members of the state-level Dirty Dozen, LCV solicited input from its 34 state partners from among hundreds of candidates running for governor, state senate and state house. The candidates selected represent some of the most anti-environment politicians running for public office this year.
The state-level Dirty Dozen includes:
LCV’s state partners in these 12 states are the Arizona League of Conservation Voters, Florida Conservation Alliance, Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Conservation Minnesota Voter Fund, Montana Conservation Voters, Nevada Conservation League, New York League of Conservation Voters, Conservation Council of North Carolina, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania and the Texas League of Conservation Voters. (View the list online at www.lcv.org/statedirtydozen.)
“We look forward to working with our state partners in 2011 and beyond to ensure progress at every level of government in creating a clean energy economy that provides more jobs, less pollution and greater security,” said Karpinski.
LCV's trademark Dirty Dozen program targets candidates for Congress — regardless of party affiliation — who consistently vote against clean energy and conservation and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome. Since 1996, more than 60 percent of the Dirty Dozen have been defeated. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Representatives Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Michelle Bachmann (R- MN) and former Congressmen Steve Pearce (R-NM) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) are currently on the 2010 Dirty Dozen list. Former Congressman Richard Pombo (R-CA) was the first candidate to be defeated of the 2010 Dirty Dozen. Learn more at www.lcv.org/dirtydozen.
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