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League of Conservation Voters Endorses Congressman Steve Kagen

Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or October 15, 2008  

GREEN BAY, WI - Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, announced the endorsement of Steve Kagen, M.D. for re-election to Congress in this fall’s race for the 8th Congressional District of Wisconsin.

“Steve Kagen is one of our country’s most consistent leaders on clean energy issues,” LCV President Gene Karpinski said.  “He advocates investment in renewable technology, confronts climate change, and will continue to provide a strong and unwavering voice on energy and conservation policy.”

In Dr. Kagen’s first years in Congress, he established himself as a true champion of clean energy and conservation.  He has co-sponsored bills that increase fuel economy standards to 35 miles per gallon by 2020, establish a renewable electricity standard of 15% for utilities by 2020, and reduce global warming pollution 80% by 2050.  Kagen also cosponsored the Clean Water Restoration Act, which would close loopholes that allow industrial polluters to dump wastes into America’s waterways. 

“Building an energy independent future for all of us and preserving our natural resources for our children and grandchildren are incredibly important to us in Northeast Wisconsin,” Kagen said.  “I am working hard to make certain our national energy policy includes major investments in alternative forms of energy which will clean up our environment, create jobs, ensure our national security and economic well being.  I appreciate the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters and their help in this effort.”

Rep. Kagen has a 90% lifetime LCV Score, one of the highest in Congress.  His opponent, John Gard, led one of the most anti-environment legislatures in Wisconsin history and in 2005-2006 earned only a 6% score from the Wisconsin LCV.

“Citizens of Wisconsin’s 8th District want leaders who represent them, not the interests of Big Oil,” Karpinski said.  “Steve Kagen will lead our nation’s efforts to invest in clean, renewable energy that will create good jobs, end our dangerous addiction to foreign oil, and protect our environment for future generations.”

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