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E-M:/ LCV Endorses Gary Peters in Michigan's 9th Congressional District

For Immediate Release
April 21, 2008
Contact: Josh McNeil; joshua_mcneil@lcv.org; 202.454.4573

LCV Endorses Gary Peters in Michigan's  9th Congressional District

Peters Ready To Fight for Green Jobs and to Ban Oil & Gas Drilling in the Great Lakes

NOTE:  This is the first of three Michigan endorsements to be announced in honor of Earth Day, April 22.   Two more environmental leaders, one from each party, will earn LCV's endorsement tomorrow.

Rochester, MI – Today, the League of Conservation Voters, which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, endorsed the candidacy of former State Senator Gary Peters in Michigan's 9th Congressional District.  Peters has a powerful record of defending the Great Lakes, while his keen understanding of the issues facing Michigan and the United States makes him the best choice to represent his district.

"Gary Peters understands that Michiganders want good jobs and clean lakes, and is committed to protecting the physical beauty and economic vitality of his state," LCV representative and Oakland County native Kerry Duggan said.  "He will go to Washington to stand up to the special interests, to keep Big Oil from drilling in the Great Lakes, and to bring a new generation of green jobs to Michigan."

Peters, the Griffin Endowed Chair of American Government at Central Michigan University, recently hosted a forum on Global Warming and Michigan's Economy.

"We are facing tough times here in Michigan," Peters said.  "Fortunately, we have the necessary resources, both human and infrastructure, to be a leader in the creation of new green jobs.  Through the infusion of capital into new and existing businesses, the use of tax incentives for new companies that create jobs in Michigan, public-private partnerships with our institutes of higher learning, and a commitment to retrain our workforce, the benefit of new jobs and a cleaner environment will create a win-win situation for Michigan and for America."
LCV will work to help Peters defeat Congressman Joe Knollenberg, a member of the 2008 LCV Dirty Dozen.*   Knollenberg has spent his career putting the interests of oil companies and corporate polluters over the interests of the people of Michigan.   Since 2001, Rep. Knollenberg has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from polluting energy interests, and has voted against clean water on every water related vote since taking office.  

In 1998 and 1999, Knollenberg attached a rider known as 'the Knollenberg amendment' to congressional budget appropriation bills to prevent government agencies from doing anything that would regulate global warming pollution, including forbidding the EPA from holding educational seminars about global warming. In August 2007, he voted against a provision that would increase the amount of renewable energy produced in the United States.  

Knollenberg's lifetime LCV score of 8% ranks him among the worst members of Congress.**

"Rep. Knollenberg's record clearly shows that he votes for policies that reward his corporate contributors rather than his own constituents," Duggan said.  "When Gary Peters is elected, Michigan voters will finally have a representative who stands up for Michigan jobs, fights to protect natural treasures like the Great Lakes, and puts the interests of Michiganders first."   

*   For information on the Dirty Dozen, visit www.lcv.org/campaigns/dirty-dozen.

** The non-partisan LCV Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate Member of Congress on conservation and clean energy issues. Based on key conservation votes in the House and Senate, it is often used by the media to quickly describe a Member's position.  For more information, visit www.lcv.org/scorecard.


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Kerry C. Duggan
Campaigns Project Manager
League of Conservation Voters
Direct: (202) 454-4592
Mobile/text: (734) 846-0093


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