WASHINGTON, DC – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), the independent political voice for the environment, today announced its endorsement of Joe Sestak in the race for Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District, citing his commitment to a new American economy based on the development, manufacture and marketing of new clean and renewable energy supplies and products.
“LCV is proud to endorse Joe Sestak, a candidate who after a lifetime of service to his country is seeking to serve again, this time as a champion for the innovative spirit of Americans as we develop a new economy based on clean and renewable energy sources,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “Joe Sestak is a proven leader with a forward view that will be a credit to the voters of the 7th District of Pennsylvania and the Congress of the United States.”
Among other pro-environment positions, Mr. Sestak supports incentives to existing companies who work to reduce their energy dependence while creating clean energy manufacturing jobs. He supports common-sense steps like requiring that cars go further on a gallon of gas and investment in alternative energy technologies that will reinvigorate the innovative spirit of American business. Mr. Sestak understands that global warming is an issue we must face immediately, and that government support of laws that have protected our air, water and land from polluters for decades is vital.
With energy issues clearly front and center in the minds of Americans, and unlike Rep. Weldon, Mr. Sestak has said he would have voted against the 2005 energy bill, which provided billions in taxpayer subsides to oil companies. Mr. Sestak’s career in the U.S. Navy culminating as a three-star Admiral and command of the U.S.S George Washington Battle Group is a testament to his leadership and abilities and his desire to help point America in the right direction.
"Today, I am proud to receive the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters and be joined by its President Gene Karpinski and so many supporters," said Sestak. "Not only do we share a concern for the environment, we both recognize the need for strong leaders in Washington who will stand up to the special interests and polluters. We stand here today facing many of the same problems this community did twenty years ago, because of Curt Weldon's misplaced priorities. Too many families in this community have been forced to worry about their children's health due to hazardous contamination literally in their own backyard. That must change now."
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For information on all of LCV’s endorsed candidates for 2006, visit our website at http://www.lcv.org/campaigns/endorsements/index.html.
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