Press ReleasesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENashua, NH: Hillary Clinton will join the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund President Gene Karpinski and Board Chair Carol M. Browner today in Nashua, NH to receive the environmental group’s endorsement for President of the United States—its earliest endorsement of a Presidential candidate in the history of the organization and the first endorsement ever made before any votes are cast.
November 9, 2015
“When it comes to fighting the climate crisis, the stakes couldn’t be higher—and we are confident that Hillary Clinton is the right person for the job,” said Gene Karpinski, President of LCV Action Fund. “With her proven history of leadership, strong environmental record, and a campaign committed to building a clean energy future, Hillary Clinton is without a doubt the most effective leader to stand up to Big Polluters and push forward an aggressive plan to tackle climate change and get it done.”
Hillary Clinton has a long history of strong environmental leadership. As a Senator, Clinton supported a number of important climate and clean energy bills, including reducing carbon and other pollutants from power plants, repealing Big Oil tax handouts, and investing in renewable energy. Clinton also proposed several environmental justice initiatives. As Secretary of State, she made climate change a top priority. Clinton appointed the first-ever Special Envoy for Climate Change who serves as the Administration’s point person for climate negotiations, including the recent, historic bilateral climate agreement with China and formed the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, a partnership with dozens of other countries to reduce short-lived climate pollutants like black carbon and methane. In 2009, Clinton made a breakthrough announcement committing the U.S. to help jointly mobilize $100 billion by 2020 to help communities across the world deal with the ravages of climate change. This commitment helped reinvigorate stalled negotiations and led to an agreement in Copenhagen.
“As a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton has made the need to grow a sustainable, clean energy economy and tackling climate change a major part of her conversation with voters,” said Carol M. Browner, Board Chair of LCV, former EPA Administrator and Director of the Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy under President Obama. “With a history of leadership on the international stage and a commitment to protecting public health, Hillary Clinton is the leader we need to meet the climate crisis head-on.”
Clinton has pledged that by 2027 the U.S. will generate enough renewable energy to power every home (roughly 33% of US energy). She also pledged that by the end of her first term there would be more than 500 million solar panels installed across the country, a 700% increase from 2014 levels. Her energy plan will incentivize investment in renewable energy sources by increasing the number of government grants for clean energy, extending federal clean energy tax incentives and expanding renewable energy on public lands. She is also opposed to the dirty and dangerous Keystone XL pipeline and offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
This is the earliest presidential endorsement in the history of LCV Action Fund. Until today, the earliest endorsement was of John Kerry in January of 2004. The Political Committee of LCV’s Board of Directors reviewed questionnaires and conducted in-person interviews with each pro-environment candidate—and the full Board of Directors voted to endorse Secretary Clinton following a recommendation from the Political Committee. LCV will now launch its Greenroots program to mobilize members in early primary states to volunteer for Secretary Clinton’s campaign.
Clinton will also now be featured on LCV Action Fund’s GiveGreen website, http://www.givegreen.com, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates.
The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund (LCVAF), the connected federal political action committee (PAC) of the League of Conservation Voters, works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental laws and policies, and defeat those who stand in the way of progress.
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