RUMFORD, RI - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), the political voice of the national environmental movement, today joined Rhode Island environmental and business leaders at a redeveloped brownfield to announce its endorsement of Senator Lincoln Chafee (RI) for re-election to the U.S. Senate. Citing his leadership in fighting for the quality of life of Rhode Island families, LCV underscored Senator Chafee's commitment to the principle that environmental protection and economic development are not mutually exclusive.
"LCV is proud endorse Lincoln Chafee for re-election to the U.S. Senate," said LCV Senior Vice President for Political Affairs Tony Massaro. "Senator Chafee is a top environmental leader in Congress, fighting every day for the health, quality of life and pocketbooks of Rhode Island families, willing to stand up to big corporate polluters, and working tirelessly to protect our open spaces and wildlife for future generations. We urge all Rhode Island voters to join us in supporting Senator Chafee's re-election."
As a key member of the Environment and Public Works Committee and chair of the subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Water, Senator Chafee has advanced reasonable, sound and pragmatic legislation while fighting tooth and nail against anti-environmental policies that would harm his constituents. For example, last March, he cast the deciding vote in committee against the Bush administration's proposal to weaken the Clean Air Act. He also fought against the deeply flawed Energy bill - knowing it did nothing to protect Rhode Island families from skyrocketing gas and home heating prices while it continued to award giveaways to oil companies making record profits. He also has been a champion in protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling.
Additionally, it was Sen. Chafee's Brownfields legislation in the U.S. Senate that made projects like the one where the endorsement event was held possible. His legislation created incentives for developers to invest in communities and reduces the development demands on greenspace.
For information on all of LCV's endorsed candidates from 2006 and past elections, visit our website at http://www.lcv.org/campaigns/endorsements/index.html.
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