League of Conservation Voters Endorses Obama
By Juliet Eilperin
Yet another influential environmental group endorsed Senator Barack Obama for president today in his contest against his GOP rival John McCain.
The League of Conservation Voters, which rates congressional members voting records each year, announced its support for Obama in a series of events across the country today.
"Senator Obama's proven record and his commitment to a clean, renewable energy future make him the best choice for President," LCV president Gene Karpinski said in a statement. "At a time when this country must reinvent itself for a new energy future, we can imagine no better steward than Barack Obama. Under his leadership, America will finally achieve the economic growth, environmental protection, and national security that are possible with a new, clean energy economy."
Said Obama, also in the statement distributed by the LCV, "I thank the members of the League of Conservation Voters across our nation for their support and know that, together, we will create a better, cleaner, more secure future."
The Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth, two other national environmental groups, have already endorsed Obama. McCain has touted his plan to curb carbon emissions linked to climate change, but has angered environmentalists with his support for offshore oil drilling and a gas tax holiday.
A new ad from the McCain campaign blaming Obama for rising gas prices prompted the following response from Friends of the Earth Action President Brent Blackwelder: "It's only July, but we're already seeing dishonest and hypocritical gutter politics from John McCain. Flip-flopping John McCain said just two weeks ago that our dangerous dependence on oil 'has been 30 years in the making,' but now he tries to blame Obama -- even though it's McCain who has been in Washington for 26 years. Here's the truth. The Bush/McCain drilling plan won't lower gas prices but will increase our over-reliance on oil. We can provide relief from high gas prices while growing the economy, protecting our security and fighting global warming by focusing on conservation, clean energy and transportation choices instead."
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July 21, 2008; 4:01 PM ET
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