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Major Environmental Groups Endorse Sen. Sherrod Brown for Re-Election

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund and the NRDC Action Fund, two leading national environmental groups, announced today their endorsements of Senator Sherrod Brown for re-election to the U.S. Senate from Ohio.

“Senator Brown is a fighter for all Ohioans, leading efforts to create clean energy jobs and protect our air and water,” said LCV Action Fund Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld. “He has been a strong advocate for creating manufacturing jobs in the clean energy industry and protecting the Great Lakes, both critical issues in the state of Ohio. His leadership in the Senate is more critical than ever, and we are proud to endorse Senator Brown as he runs for re-election.”

“Ohio families need a fighter like Senator Brown to stand up for clean water, clean air and a clean energy future,” said Kevin Curtis, Executive Director of the NRDC Action Fund. “His tireless efforts in support of Ohio’s future and quality of life have earned him this endorsement and the support of voters in November.  We’re proud to stand with him in his work to protect the Great Lakes and bring clean energy jobs to Ohio.”

“From protecting Lake Erie from toxic algae, to defending our children’s ability to breathe by supporting smart policies to address air pollution, Ohioans are lucky to have an environmental champion like Sen. Sherrod Brown,” said Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund President Heather Taylor-Miesle. “His vocal, bold leadership helps our state move in the right direction.”

“The work of organizations and activists helping to preserve Ohio’s natural resources and defend clean water and clean air is more important than ever,” said Senator Brown. “From protecting the Great Lakes from invasive species and toxic algal blooms to promoting a clean energy future, I am lucky to have the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and the NRDC Action Fund as partners in this fight. I’m proud to earn their endorsements, and look forward to continuing our work to defend our environment for future generations.”

Having served in public office for almost four decades, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has been a steadfast champion of the environment throughout his career.  In 2006, he won election to the U.S. Senate, and has made revitalizing manufacturing in Ohio by leading in the clean energy economy a pillar of his record.  Senator Brown has also taken a leadership role protecting the Great Lakes. He has earned an impressive 93% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.

Brown is featured on, a project of LCV Victory Fund and NextGen America, supported by the NRDC Action Fund PAC. is the only website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions running for office. Last cycle, the GiveGreen program raised more contributions to candidates than ever before—over $8.3 million for state and federal candidates.

Ad campaign calls out House members for Arctic Refuge vote

The NRDC Action Fund today launched a six-figure ad campaign naming four Republican members of Congress who voted in December to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. The ads, which will run in both digital and print media, call out Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.), Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.), and Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) for their votes on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which contained the Arctic drilling provision.

“Drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is reckless, and it will cause irreversible damage to one of the last best places on Earth,” said Kevin Curtis, executive director of the NRDC Action Fund. “With their votes, these representatives have handed oil companies a long-sought prize, but they’ve turned their backs on vulnerable Arctic wildlife and the indigenous communities who begged Congress not to spoil their sacred lands.”

“The devastating, climate-change-fueled storms, fires, droughts, and floods are already here,” Curtis added. “Voting for more climate-wrecking carbon pollution to pay for huge tax cuts for the wealthy saddles our kids with an unconscionable debt. Elected officials who voted for this tax scam will hear about it from their constituents this year.”

The NRDC Action Fund-sponsored ads hold Reps. Costello, Fitzpatrick, Meehan, and Paulsen, to account for opening the Arctic Refuge to drilling. The members represent suburban districts outside Philadelphia and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

In the weeks leading up to the bill’s passage, the NRDC Action Fund and other environmental organizations drove millions of supporters to speak out against the bill. Most Americans opposed the legislation.

Sen. Bob Casey endorsed by the NRDC Action Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2018

Contact: Denis Dison, NRDC Action Fund | [email protected] | 202-717-8293

Washington – United States Senator Bob Casey (D-Penn.) today earned the endorsement of the NRDC Action Fund, a national organization working to build political support for protecting the planet and its people. Casey is running for re-election in 2018.

“Senator Casey’s record of protecting human health and the environment over his first two terms in the U.S. Senate puts him squarely on the side of Pennsylvania families,” said NRDC Action Fund executive director Kevin Curtis. “From fighting for clean air and drinking water protections to supporting 21st century clean energy jobs, residents of the Commonwealth are lucky to have a champion in the Senate who puts their priorities ahead of corporate polluters. He is the clear, common-sense choice in the 2018 Senate race, and the NRDC Action Fund is proud to support him.”

“I’m proud to stand with the NRDC Action Fund as we work to combat climate change, ensure clean air and water, and protect our natural resources,” Casey said. “A healthy environment means a healthy public and a healthy economy, and it is on all of us to do our part. I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the NRDC Action Fund and I look forward to continuing our work together to safeguard the environment for future generations.”

Sen. Casey voted against EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s confirmation, citing concerns for “the children of Pennsylvania, who deserve clean water to drink, clean air to breathe and action on climate change.” Casey has opposed the Trump administration’s efforts to weaken health and environmental standards like the Clean Power Plan, and he voted to support implementation of the EPA’s Clean Water Rule that would protect the drinking water of 117 million Americans. Casey also opposed the administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement saying the decision would put “Pennsylvania workers at a disadvantage when it comes to competing for clean energy jobs” and “undermine the clean air that every Pennsylvanian has a right to expect.”

In 2016, Sen. Casey received a 100% voting score from the League of Conservation Voters. His re-election would send a signal to Washington that American families want common-sense protections for their air, water, and climate.

For more information on Sen. Casey and more NRDC Action Fund endorsements, please visit

Trump’s Anti-Environment Budget Highlights the Stakes this November

Budgets reflect values, and President Trump’s values are out of step with the majority of Americans who want a healthier, safer and more prosperous future. Come November, though, the American people will have an opportunity to send representatives to Washington who reflect their values, not Mr. Trump’s.

Americans want budgets that prioritize clean energy development that’s growing jobs and helping to fight climate change. We want agencies that are able to enforce our clean air and water laws and maintain strong safeguards for public health. We want our government to work for the people, not polluters.

President Trump’s newly-released budget does just the opposite, dishing out giveaways to the fossil fuel industry and gutting protections for our health. It is so laughably backwards that a bipartisan group of senators is poised to reject his radical plan. But they need our support. The pro-environment Senate firewall isn’t a sure thing. It’s at risk in this November’s congressional elections, so it’s up to voters to speak out and send to Congress leaders who pledge to stop President Trump’s assault on our health and environment.

Mr. Trump’s budget proposes crippling funding cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. But most Americans know a crippled EPA means more pollution in our air and water. While this Senate has the votes to reject those funding levels outright, a Senate with fewer environmental supporters could approve devastating cuts to environmental enforcement that would set us back for decades.

But dramatic EPA cuts are not the only serious problem with the Trump budget.

The president also calls for expanding cheap leases for oil and gas drilling on public lands, along nearly all our coastlines and on lands set aside to protect endangered wildlife. These giveaways will destroy pristine places, harm our health, and lock us in to decades of dirty and expensive fossil fuels and heat-trapping carbon pollution.

Finding new ways to harness and store energy from the sun and wind is helping America create jobs and healthier communities, but Mr. Trump’s proposed cuts at the Department of Energy would gut vital clean energy research. Turning our backs on the promise of a clean energy economy only makes sense to oil and coal barons and, apparently, their friends in the Trump administration. Our representatives in Washington should help our communities embrace the future, not cling to the past.

Economic progress depends on healthy communities. And the American economy stands to benefit enormously from the clean energy revolution now underway. A federal budget that undermines our progress and shackles us to outdated energy tragically misunderstands this country’s spirit and fortitude, not to mention our hopes and dreams for our kids and generations to come.

American families need a Congress that rejects backward-looking proposals designed to enrich the president’s well-connected dirty energy friends. We deserve a Congress that takes seriously the dangers of a warming planet to our health, economy, and national security.

The 2018 congressional elections give us all an opportunity to reject the president’s anti-environment agenda by voting for leaders who will look to the future and look out for us.

Kevin Curtis is Executive Director of the NRDC Action Fund.

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