Today the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, endorsed Dina Titus in the election for Nevada's third Congressional District.
"America needs leaders who will provide a strong voice for a clean and renewable energy future" LCV President Gene Karpinski said. "Dina Titus will fight to end our dependence on oil, champion clean energy and clean jobs, and stand firm against attempts to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain."
As state Senate Minority Leader, Titus led the charge to develop solar and wind energy in Nevada and drove legislation to require green power standards for utility companies. In 2007, Titus was honored with the Nevada Renewable Energy Leadership Award. She strongly supported legislation that established a target of generating 20% of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2015. She also led the effort to protect Red Rock Canyon from development.
In the Senate, Titus earned an 85% lifetime score from the Nevada Conservation League (NCL).*
"Dina Titus has been a champion on renewable energy and the protection of our state's natural treasures for over 15 years," said Scot Rutledge, Executive Director of NCL. "She introduced our state's first climate change legislation and has been a responsible advocate for conservation values in Nevada. To ensure Nevada’s leadership in the new energy economy, we need Dina Titus’s strength, not the failed policies of George Bush and Jon Porter."
Standing in stark contrast to Dina Titus is her opponent, Rep. Jon Porter. In Congress, Porter has voted against clean energy and conservation 88% of the time, earning a pathetic 12% LCV Lifetime score.** He accepted more than $233,000 in campaign contributions from oil and gas interests while voting with President Bush to offer billions of taxpayers' dollars in handouts to the oil industry.
"I am proud to have the support of the thousands of members of the League of Conservation Voters," Titus said. "By producing clean and renewable energy we can create new jobs, strengthen our economy, and ensure a bright future for Nevada."
* The Nevada Conservation League is separate from but affiliated with the national League of Conservation Voters. NCL has not endorsed a candidate in this race. The 2007 Environmental Scorecard from the Nevada Conservation League is available at http://nvgreenvote.org/scorecard.php
**The non-partisan LCV Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate Members 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 <http://www.lcv.org/scorecard>