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League of Conservation Voters Endorses Sam Bennett for Congress

Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or October 7, 2008  

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), one of the nation’s leading environmental organizations announced the endorsement of Sam Bennett for Congress in the election for the 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.
“At this critical time, Congress needs leaders like Sam Bennett who will be strong and unwavering in their commitment to clean energy and a renewable future,” said LCV president Gene Karpinski.
Sam Bennett is a civil leader, community activist, and founder of a non-profit that supports the preservation of open space through the revitalization of communities. An expert in urban re-development, Bennett understands the benefits of conservation and is a strong advocate of transitioning sewage infrastructure to protect the streams and rivers of the Lehigh Valley.
“I am so proud to have the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters,” says Sam Bennett, Democratic congressional candidate (PA-15).  “They’ve turned environmental values into national priorities.  I promise to continue that same spirit in Washington and work with the LCV toward a cleaner, greener future for our children and grandchildren.”
Bennett offers an innovative energy platform and supports a crash program of alternative energy development including wind, biomass, hydrogen, solar, and water power. Enacting these policies will help to end America’s dangerous addiction to oil and promote economic growth. One of Bennett’s most important objectives is to replace 20 percent of  petroleum we use with clean, renewable energy by the year 2020, a plan which would create three million new American jobs.
Bennett’s opponent, Representative Charlie Dent, has a feeble voting record on the issues of energy and the environment.  Dent has supported the failed policies of Bush/Cheney that put oil company profits ahead of the people of this country.  His lifetime LCV score is a mere 26% and he has accepted $75,831 in campaign contributions from Big Oil and Gas over his career.
“Sam Bennett understands that our dependence on foreign oil is not only a crucial environmental and economic issue, but also a national security imperative,” said Karpinski. “She will be a tireless advocate for a new, responsible energy policy that will ensure economic growth for the Lehigh Valley and America.”

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