The League of Conservation Voters on Friday issued a statement to endorse Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) for U.S. Senate in the expected Massachusetts special election, saying there has been “no greater champion in Congress” for clean energy than the longtime congressman.
“There’s been no greater champion in Congress for the clean energy economy than Ed Markey. He has never stopped fighting for Massachusetts – promoting new technologies and green jobs, standing up to corporate polluters, and putting the health of our families first. Ed Markey is the leader Massachusetts needs in the U.S. Senate,” said Scott Nathan, Chairman of the League of Conservation Voters.
“It’s not often we have the chance to elect to the Senate an environmental hero like Ed Markey, who has written some of the most historic environmental legislation ever considered by Congress. Ed Markey has spent his career on the front lines of the fight to create clean energy jobs and combat climate change, and we need his leadership in the United States Senate. LCV Action Fund is proud to endorse Ed Markey,” said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski.
From climate change to public lands protection to holding Big Oil accountable, it’s hard to find an environmental issue that Markey hasn’t led on. Markey helped write the American Clean Energy and Security Act, a landmark comprehensive clean energy and climate change bill. The passage of this bill through the House of Representatives in 2009 marked the first time either house of Congress had approved a comprehensive bill to reduce climate change pollution. He also chaired the now-defunct House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, holding more than 80 hearings on clean energy and climate change during its nearly four-year existence.
A member of the Natural Resources Committee since 1976 and its current Ranking Member, Markey has also pushed to protect public lands, leading the fight to permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He’s also pushed to strengthen drilling safety following the catastrophic BP oil spill in 2010, reform the antiquated 1872 Mining Law governing hardrock mining and been an ally as LCV works to end Big Oil subsidies.
His voting record has earned Markey an impressive 94% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. The non-partisan scorecard is a 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 position. For more information, visit http://www.lcv.org/scorecard.
Markey is 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.