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League of Conservation Voters Endorses Representative Carol Shea-Porter for Congress

Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or August 14, 2008  

PORTSMOUTH, NH – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, today announced its endorsement of Representative Carol Shea-Porter.  LCV President Gene Karpinski announced the endorsement at an event in Prescott Park in Portsmouth. 

“As New Hampshire suffers from high gas prices, leaders like Carol Shea-Porter have the skill and the foresight to help families deal with skyrocketing costs,” Karpinski said.  “In her two years in Congress, she has stood in strong support of clean energy, clean air, clean water, and safe, healthy food for New Hampshire’s families.” 

Shea-Porter earned an impressive 90% score on the 2007 LCV Scorecard.  This year, she was an important cosponsor of the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act of 2008.  This act would have protected vital tax credits that encourage the development of wind, solar and other clean energy sources while creating thousands of jobs.  In 2007, she voted to reduce taxpayer handouts to the oil industry and to shift government subsidies from oil to renewable energy sources.

“It is long past time for America to move past its addiction to oil and to embrace new energy solutions,” Karpinski continued.  “Clean energy has the potential to end our dependence on foreign oil, protect our environment and create millions of American jobs.  It will take strong leaders like Carol Shea-Porter to see the potential and to move America forward.”

“New energy and global warming are critical environmental and national security issues,” Shea-Porter said.  “I will continue to fight the grip of the oil companies and their lobbyists and to work towards a clean energy future for our country. I thank the thousands of members of the League of Conservation Voters for this endorsement.  With their help, we will create a cleaner, safer, more prosperous New Hampshire.”

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