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League of Conservation Voters Endorses Senator Susan Collins

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or joshua_mcneil@lcv.org October 15, 2008  

WASHINGTON, DC - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, today announced the endorsement of Senator Susan Collins for re-election in Maine.
 
“Senator Collins is a leader and a champion for the environment, reaching across party lines to introduce and support bipartisan pieces of legislation that hold oil companies accountable for their high profits, invest in clean energy alternatives, and promote fuel efficiency for vehicles,” LCV Senior Vice President Tony Massaro said. “Senator Collins brings Maine’s strong spirit of conservation to Washington, and she continues to be one of the nation’s most powerful voices for clean, renewable energy.”
 
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters,” said Senator Susan Collins, “Maine’s future depends on clean air, clean water, and clean energy, and I will continue to work with LCV and forward thinking leaders from both parties to ensure a cleaner future for us all.”
 
In 2007, Collins received a perfect 100% score on LCV’s 2007 National Environmental Scorecard,* the only Republican Senator to do so.  In 2008, she consistently supported conservation and clean energy (The 2008 Scorecard will be released on October 17).   In the upcoming Congress, she proposes to do more to increase funding to programs that help consumers conserve energy and lower heating and utility costs. She will support extending existing tax credits for alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles, repeal billions of dollars in excessive tax breaks for major oil companies and redirect the money to support renewable energy and efficiency initiatives.
 
“Putting her values ahead of the powerful influence of the oil industry, Susan Collins has taken a stand against high gas prices and fought to break America’s addiction to oil,” Massaro said. 
 
Susan Collins understands that the path towards energy independence lies in the development of clean, renewable energy resources such as solar, wind and tidal. She intends to extend tax incentives for investors and innovators in these fields and believes that in order to take full advantage of these new technologies, the Senate must pass a National Renewable Energy Standard.  Implementing a standard that would require utilities to generate at least 20% of their electricity from environmentally safe sources by 2020 will help create millions of new, American jobs and reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil.
 
"The only way to find solution to the most pressing environmental and energy challenges facing our nation is to come together across party and regional lines.  I have a proven track record of doing just that.  Again, I am honored to receive the League of Conservation Voters endorsement," said Senator Collins.
 
* The non-partisan LCV National Environmental 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 record.  For more information, visit www.lcv.org/scorecard.  The 2008 Scorecard will be available on October 17, 2008.

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