VLCV endorses Leahy, Welch, Howard and Condos

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October 4, 2010 Todd Bailey, (802) 917-1227

The Vermont League of Conservation Voters Announces Endorsements

Montpelier, VT – The Vermont League of Conservation Voters (VT LCV) announced today that it has endorsed Senator Patrick Leahy in his re-election bid for the US Senate, Congressman Peter Welch in his bid to return to the US Congress for a third term, and Senator Peter Shumlin to replace the retiring Jim Douglas.

This is the first time that the VT LCV has endorsed in federal elections. In previous years, the state league did not have a formal relationship with the National LCV which has changed in recent years. This is also an election year where the VT LCV has re-engaged in statewide elections after sitting out all of the 2008 statewide races, instead choosing to focus exclusively on legislative races.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Senator Leahy and Congressman Welch representing Vermonters in Washington DC. They have proven time and time again that the issues of Climate Change, clean energy, clean water, and our environment in general are priorities to both of them,” Todd Bailey, the VT LCV executive director, said. “At this critical time in Vermont’s history we need a governor who shares these values, knows how to get tough things done, and will ensure that the Green Mountain State is a national leader in creating good paying jobs for Vermonters in the emerging green economy,” Bailey went on to say.

The National LCV, like the VT LCV, produces an environmental scorecard. Every member of Congress is scored after each session of Congress. The National LCV also publishes a report card assessing the President’s performance on environmental and conservation issues. This past year Senator Leahy scored a 100% and has a lifetime score of 92%, while Congressman Welch scored a 93% on the 2009 scorecard and has a lifetime score of 94%. Senator Shumlin’s Vermont scores are equally impressive, with a lifetime score of 94%.

The VT LCV also cited all three individuals as leaders on climate and renewable energy issues as the rationale for each of them earning this critical endorsement.

“Congressman Welch’s opponent does not think climate change is real, while Senator Shumlin’s opponent needed two tries before he would acknowledge that climate change is a reality,” Bailey went on to say. “If Brian Dubie is not 100% certain on these globally significant issues, which have a tremendous impact on Vermont, how can Vermonters be confident that he is in line with their desire to maintain Vermont’s quality of life? During the recent environmental and renewable energy debate, Brian made it perfectly clear that he does not support our state’s conservation efforts, that he supports relicensing the 40 year old nuclear power plant for another 20 years, and would do nothing to regulate CO2 emissions, ” Bailey added.

Senator Leahy, Congressman Welch, and Senator Shumlin have all referenced their work on environmental issues during the 2010 election cycle as a reason to vote for them on November 2nd. Senator Leahy was recently awarded his second “Connie Award,” which is given by the National Wildlife Federation to the elected official who most embodies a conservation ethic.

Congressman Welch has been a champion of renewable energy and energy efficiency, and has quickly become an active and effective member of Congress. He has introduced several key pieces of legislation, including: The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act; End Big Oil Subsidies Act; and recommended an extension of the Renewable Energy Expansion Act

Much like his cohorts, Senator Shumlin has been an active leader on environmental issues. He is largely credited with passing comprehensive clean energy legislation, making climate change a state priority, and leading the Senate this past February to the historical 26-4 vote to retire Vermont Yankee as scheduled.

To find out more about the VT LCV’s endorsements, go to their website, www.vtlcv.org or go to its Vote Green Vermont initiative at www.votegreenvt.org to review the gubernatorial candidates’ answers to the VT LCV candidate questionnaire.

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October 5, 2010 Todd Bailey, (802) 917-1227

The Vermont League of Conservation Voters Announces Endorsements

Montpelier, VT – The Vermont League of Conservation Voters (VT LCV) announced today that it has endorsed Representative Steve Howard in his bid to become Vermont’s Lieutenant Governor and former state Senator Jim Condos for Secretary of State. In addition to these endorsements, the VT LCV announced its entire slate of legislative endorsements.

The VT LCV endorsed 24 Senate candidates for the 30 seats available and 107 Vermont House candidates for the 150 seats available. Its endorsements included candidates from all three major Parties as well as several Independents.

“This was the right time for the VT LCV to get involved in the Lieutenant governor’s race. Steve Howard has a lifetime score of 93% on our environmental scorecard while his opponent scored a 25% this past year and has a lifetime score of only 54%”. Todd Bailey, VT LCV executive director said. “Voting records matter a tremendous amount in making this decision but it also Senator Scott’s position on the aging nuclear power plant, Vermont Yankee, that made the decision a clear cut one” Bailey went on to say.

In addition to being involved in the Lieutenant Governor’s race for the first time since 2002, the VT LCV also endorsed a candidate in the Secretary of State’s race for the first time in its history. The organization cited its one-of-a-kind structure in the environmental community that allows it to participate directly in elections and the concern for how the office is managed in overseeing the electoral process as the rationale for offering an endorsement in the race.

“The ability of the VT LCV to carry out its mission is directly impacted by how the Vermont elections are run. Those elections being run fairly and being open to as many people as possible is a critical for all Vermonters” Bailey added “The VT LCV supports Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) and Election Day Registration (EDR), both measures Jim Condos supports and his opponent opposes. These issues in addition to Senator Condos superior work regarding open and transparent government led to our decision to back his bid to be Vermont’s next Secretary of State” Bailey said.

To find out more about the VT LCV’s endorsements, go to their website, www.vtlcv.org

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