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League of Conservation Voters Endorses Al Franken for U.S. Senate

Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or September 16, 2008  

WASHINGTON, DC - Today the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, endorsed Al Franken of Minnesota for U.S. Senate. 
“Al Franken has been a strong voice for the American people, using wit and wisdom to call our attention to our country’s most important challenges,” LCV President Gene Karpinski said. “As rising gas prices and global warming threaten our way of life, Washington has never been in greater need of his leadership.  This country needs a leader like Al Franken to lead the fight for new sources of energy that will protect our planet, end our dependence on oil, and create millions of jobs.”
LCV supports Al Franken’s plan for an “Apollo Program”, a national commitment to fueling the nation’s ingenuity in the exploration and development of new technologies in clean and renewable energy.   In the Senate, Franken will work to invest in the research and production of new forms of renewable energy, promote energy efficiency and increase CAFE standards, providing clean jobs to revitalize the manufacturing sector in Minnesota.
“I believe Minnesota should be powered by Minnesota energy and that Minnesota energy should mean Minnesota jobs,” Franken said.
In the Senate, Franken will support legislation to reduce global warming pollution, increased federal investment in renewable energy sources, and a greater opportunity for the state of Minnesota to capitalize on the potential of renewable energy. Born and raised in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” Franken is committed to protecting the air and water on which our families rely.
“Minnesota has the potential to one of the nation’s leading producers of wind energy,” Karpinski said. “Al Franken will help the state become a leader in wind technology, creating jobs in wind turbine manufacturing and maintenance. His plan to reinvent the state’s market to be a national leader in energy production will propel America towards energy independence and security for domestic production and the economy.”
“I am honored by the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters,” Franken said. “Clean energy gives us an excellent opportunity to preserve our environment, to protect our national security, and to create thousands of high-paying jobs simply by decreasing our dependence on foreign oil. This is a win, win, win situation and if we act now, we can do great things for Minnesota and for the country.” 

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