Washington, DC - The New York League of Conservation Voters and League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies, today announced its endorsement of Michael McMahon (NY-13) for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. McMahon received a perfect 100% score on LCV’s 2009 National Environmental Scorecard.*
“Congressman McMahon has quickly become a leader in working to pass legislation that ensures America is creating the clean energy jobs of the 21st century,” said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski. “We are proud to endorse Congressman McMahon for re-election because he understands that the policies needed to make these clean energy jobs a reality are the same policies that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and curb harmful carbon pollution.”
Rep. McMahon voted for the House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act that would help create over 109,000 clean energy jobs in New York**, reduce carbon pollution and increase energy independence. He also supported the single largest investment in clean energy in history – more than $80 billion for energy efficiency, renewable energy and public transit in the economic recovery package, with substantial investments going to New York’s 13th district to create clean energy jobs and more energy efficient buildings.
“I am extremely privileged to be endorsed by the New York League of Conservation Voter and the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund,” said Congressman McMahon. “As we all know, my district of Staten Island and Brooklyn has long been burdened by a disproportionately high number of environmental injustices. For this reason, I have fought since my first day in Congress to ensure that my constituents are afforded with the very basic right of a clean environment in which to live. I will continue to support measures that create clean energy jobs throughout our district and nation, and will never stop working for a cleaner, healthier Staten Island and Brooklyn. I am honored to have the Leagues recognize my work in this area and support my campaign.”
Prior to being elected to the U.S. House, Michael McMahon served seven years on the New York City Council. In this position, he was recognized as a leader on conservation issues for the city. Among his many efforts to clean up the city, he worked to expand its recycling programs.
“From helping to keep Fresh Kills Landfill closed, to improving the waterfront and preserving open space like Pouch Camp, Mike McMahon has been a true champion for the environment of Staten Island and Brooklyn,” said Marcia Bystryn, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters. “Mike McMahon knows that environmental sustainability is not a luxury – it is the way forward to a greener, more economically vibrant New York. We enthusiastically endorse him for a second term.”
Rep. McMahon is featured on LCV Action Fund’s GiveGreen website, http://lcv.org/givegreen, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates.
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*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 http://lcv.org/scorecard
** Center for American Progress & Political Economy Research Institute, http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/06/clean_energy_map.html