WASHINGTON, DC - The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund (LCVAF), which works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies, today announced its endorsement of Mark Schauer (MI-7) for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.
“During his first term, Congressman Schauer supported efforts to bring new clean energy jobs to Michigan and make America less dependent on oil from hostile nations,” said LCVAF President Gene Karpinski. “We are proud to endorse Congressman Schauer for re-election because he has fought to ensure that America – and more importantly Michigan – leads in the creation of the 21st century’s new clean energy economy.”
Rep. Schauer voted for the House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act that would help create over 53,000 clean energy jobs in Michigan*, reduce carbon pollution and increase energy independence. He also supported the single largest investment in clean energy in history – more than $80 billion for energy efficiency, renewable energy and public transit in the economic recovery package, with substantial investments going to Michigan’s 7th district to create manufacturing jobs in the clean energy sector and the development of new energy technologies.
“Addressing climate change and creating good-paying jobs are not mutually exclusive," said Schauer. "I'm committed to implementing common sense policies that invest in clean energy technology to create jobs and move America towards energy independence. In doing so, we can diversify Michigan's economy, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, cut carbon emissions, and help preserve our precious natural resources."
LCVAF endorsed Rep. Mark Schauer in 2008. In stark contrast, his challenger former Rep. Tim Walberg (R) opposed every major clean energy reform in Congress in 2008, earning a 0% LCV score**. He was named to LCV’s 2008 "Dirty Dozen" list and was subsequently defeated***. During his tenure, Tim Walberg voted against repealing tax breaks to Big Oil, extending tax incentives for clean energy, and efforts to help American drivers go further on a gallon of gas.
Congressman Schauer is also featured on LCVAF’s GiveGreen website, http://lcv.org/givegreen, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates.
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* Center for American Progress & Political Economy Research Institute, http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/06/clean_energy_map.html
**The non-partisan LCV Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate Member of Congress on conservation and clean energy issues. Based on key conservation votes in the House and Senate, it is often used by the media to quickly describe a Member’s position. For more information, visit www.lcv.org/scorecard
*** 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 the Dirty Dozen was launched in 1996, LCV has defeated more than half of the candidates named to the list. For more information, visit http://www.lcv.org/campaigns/dirty-dozen/