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League of Conservation Voters Praises House Environmental Votes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Chuck Porcari, (202) 785-8683 May 19, 2006  

WASHINGTON, DC - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Vice President for Political Affairs Tony Massaro and LCV Legislative Director Tiernan Sittenfeld tonight issued the following statements after - among other victories for the environment --  the House of Representatives voted for an amendment that will uphold decades-old anti-drilling protections for America's coastlines.

"It's clear Congress recognizes that Americans care about their environment, and tonight's votes are yet more proof," said LCV Vice President for Political Affairs Tony Massaro. "As November approaches, LCV will continue to work with voters throughout the United States to hold members of Congress accountable for their actions.

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"Tonight's sweeping victory shows that Americans don't want drilling off our coastlines, and we're glad the House of Representatives is listening," said LCV Legislative Director Tiernan Sittenfeld.

It's also clear that increased energy efficiency and a new focus on renewable sources are the fastest, cheapest and cleanest ways to reduce energy costs for families across the United States.

Furthermore, we applaud the House today for voting against royalty relief for oil companies already swimming in cash, voting to protect the public's right to know what chemicals are being released, voting for clean water across the country and finally, eliminating subsidies that would have taxpayers footing the bill to build logging roads into Alaska's Tongass National Forest." 



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