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League of Conservation Voters Endorses Jeanne Shaheen for Senate Citing Her Commitment to a New Energy Direction

Contact: David Sandretti, (202) 785-8683 or March 10, 2008  

Concord, NH – The League of Conservation Voters announced its endorsement of former Governor and US Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen at a press conference in Concord this morning, citing her commitment to  a new energy direction for this country that ends our reliance on foreign oil, reverses global warming, and creates new clean energy jobs.
“Dependence on the dirty fossil fuels of the past hurts our economy, makes national security more difficult, impairs a healthy environment and threatens devastating changes in our climate. America needs to embrace a clean, renewable energy future.  Jeanne Shaheen gets it.
John Sununu doesn't," said, Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters (LCV).
"Instead of working for solutions that lessen our dependence on oil, and strengthen our economy by creating clean energy jobs, John Sununu has been voting for tax breaks for the big oil companies and filling his campaign coffers with cash from oil and gas interests," Karpinski continued. "Jeanne Shaheen is a proven leader on these issues.  That's why people who care about conservation and the environment -- throughout New Hampshire and across this country -- are supporting her for U.S. Senate."
Shaheen said, “Charting a new energy future is an urgent priority for New Hampshire and the country, and I am committed to working in the United States Senate to make sure we put in place a smart national energy policy – one that ends our reliance on foreign oil, reverses global warming, and creates good green collar jobs here in New Hampshire.  Having the support of the League of Conservation Voters and its members across New Hampshire is a boost to this great effort to change the direction of the country.”
“A new energy policy is an environmental, national security and economic imperative, and there is no time to waste. The global warming caused by our dependence on fossil fuels is already impacting New Hampshire’s environment. Our national security is at stake as well. We need to invest in energy efficiency and sustainable homegrown energy so we can end our country’s addiction to foreign oil and stop sending billions of dollars overseas to countries that are hostile to our interests.  And by increasing the market for energy efficiency and renewable energy systems we can create more good manufacturing, construction, installation, sales and service jobs here in New Hampshire,” said Shaheen.

The LCV endorsement of Shaheen was announced in the Concord City Council Chambers. Under the leadership of Concord Mayor Jim Bouley, the Concord City Council recently voted to sign on to the US Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.

“State and local governments have been stepping up to the plate,” said Shaheen. “Now we need leadership in Washington. To do that New Hampshire needs a United States Senator who will stand up to the big oil companies and work to bring about the big changes in Washington that will make a difference for New Hampshire families and businesses. That’s what I will do as Senator.”

As Governor, Jeanne Shaheen set a new energy course for New Hampshire by developing the state’s first comprehensive energy plan. She established a State Building Energy Conservation Initiative that lowered the State’s energy costs and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 37 million pounds a year.  She brought Republicans and Democrats together to pass first-in-the-nation legislation requiring power plants to reduce emissions of four pollutants – nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide, carbon dioxide and mercury.  Energy efficiency programs for residential, commercial and industrial users initiated by the Shaheen administration have saved New Hampshire families and businesses almost $400 million and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by millions of tons since June 2002.

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   LCV engages in public education, legislative action, and electoral accountability to turn environmental values into public policy.  LCV has made global warming and America’s energy future a central focus in the 2008 election cycle.

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