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Conservationists United with Feingold to Call for Action on Climate Change

May 22, 2016

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Today, conservationists united behind Senate candidate Russ Feingold as he pledged to take on the largest challenge of our generation, climate change. On behalf of the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski and Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters (WLCV) Executive Director Kerry Schumann joined Russ Feingold to highlight his strong commitment to our environment and to advocate for Feingold’s return to the U.S. Senate. 

“We need Russ Feingold in the Senate so he can continue to work to combat climate change, conserve our environment and safeguard public health,” said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski. “The contrast between the two candidates in this race couldn’t be greater. Senator Ron Johnson is infamous for denying climate change, calling it ‘lunacy’, while former Senator Russ Feingold has proven himself, time and time again, to be a true environmental champion willing to take on polluting special interests.”

“Russ Feingold puts Wisconsin first,” said WLCV Executive Director Kerry Schumann. “He is a longtime champion of clean water, leading the way in protecting our Great Lakes with the historic Great Lakes Compact and Great Lakes restoration. We need Senator Feingold back in the U.S. Senate to ensure that the beautiful places we love will be here for our children and our grandchildren to enjoy.”

“Wisconsin cannot afford more denial or inaction on climate change, and Wisconsinites cannot afford to live in cities where access to safe, clean drinking water is jeopardized,” said Feingold. “Wisconsin’s economic future and tradition of conservation depends on our ability to invest in clean energy, improve our crumbling infrastructure, and finally end tax breaks and loopholes for the oil industry.”

In February, LCV Action Fund endorsed Russ Feingold for U.S. Senate. 

Feingold’s voting record speaks for itself. While he was in the Senate, he earned an impressive 95 percent lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. In contrast, his opponent, Senator Ron Johnson, has earned a 4 percent lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard including a 0 percent score for 2015. The non-partisan Scorecard is the nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental and clean energy issues. Based on key environmental votes in the House and Senate, it is often used by the media to quickly describe a member’s record. For more information, visit


Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and authorized by Russ for Wisconsin.