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NRDC Action Fund endorses Rosen in Nevada Senate race

Washington – The NRDC Action Fund, a national environmental organization, today announced its endorsement of Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) in her campaign for the U.S. Senate in Nevada.

“Jacky Rosen is a proven fighter for clean energy jobs in Nevada, protecting public lands and safeguarding our environment,” said Kevin S. Curtis, executive director of the NRDC Action Fund. “Nevada families and all Americans need more environmental leaders like her in the Senate to stand up to polluters who threaten our health and our kids’ futures.”

“Fighting for Nevada’s clean air and water and the future of our planet is paramount, and that’s why I am so grateful to have the support of the NRDC Action Fund in my campaign for U.S. Senate,” said Rosen. “I was raised to believe it’s our responsibility to leave the world a better place than we found it, and in Congress I’ve made it my mission to protect our National Monuments, support Nevada’s clean energy economy, and push for smart solutions to combat climate change. I look forward to continuing to be an advocate for our environment as Nevada’s next Senator.”

Rosen’s pro-environment voting record earned her a 97 percent score from the League of Conservation Voters in 2017. Her opponent, Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), earned a score of zero.

Heller has also taken heat from his constituents for his vote to confirm scandal-plagued former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a climate science denier who worked to roll back environmental safeguards and promote fossil fuels over renewable energy projects. Heller even refused to sign on to a bipartisan call for Pruitt to resign, despite more than a dozen federal investigations stemming from charges that he abused his position, wasted taxpayer dollars and punished whistle-blowers.

Montana GOP picks anti-environment Senate nominee

Republican primary voters in Montana last week chose State Auditor Matt Rosendale (R) to challenge U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D) this November, setting up a contest between two candidates whose environmental records could not be more different. Tester, a third-generation farmer, is a pragmatic champion for public lands, clean rivers and climate action. Rosendale, by contrast, maintains a dismal voting record on environmental issues.

As a state legislator, Rosendale regularly voted to thwart environmental protections needed to conserve and protect Montana’s natural resources. In 2014, he led a proposal to turn federal lands over to the state to sell off to extractive industries. Rosendale has also voted to weaken the state constitution’s “clean and healthful environment” clause, block public access to some major waterways, and give industrial developers an advantage over public agencies in disputes over their environmental impacts. Rosendale’s attacks on the environment during his time in the legislature were so egregious that he earned scores of 0%, 6%, and 13% on the Montana Conservation Voters’ Scorecard.

Senator Tester’s record indicates a more responsible approach to environmental stewardship and conservation. As a native Montanan and the only working farmer in the US Senate, Tester understands the threats facing the state’s natural resources, and he knows first-hand the lasting impacts we can have on our environment. That’s why he’s taken bold steps to combat the encroachment of Montana’s public lands by introducing the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act and the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act. He also spearheaded the passage of the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act and the North Fork Protection Act, which bolstered protection of these lands by prohibiting future mining and drilling developments in over 430,000 acres. The bills also added an additional 275,000 acres as a conservation management area which are also protected from certain developments. His pro-environment and pro-public lands votes have earned the two-term senator an impressive 86% lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters.

Rosendale’s record makes clear he’d be a rubber-stamp for the Trump administration’s anti-environment and anti-public lands agenda on Capitol Hill. Voters who care about a clean environment and unspoiled public lands should ensure Sen. Tester remains in the Senate  to continue fighting for Montana families and Montana values.

NRDC Action Fund endorses Sen. Tim Kaine for re-election

Washington – The NRDC Action Fund, a national environmental organization, today announced its endorsement of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) in his campaign for re-election this year.

“Tim Kaine understands that a safe environment, healthy families, and climate action are essential to continued economic growth,” said NRDC Action Fund Executive Director Kevin Curtis. “Throughout his career, he has fought to protect Virginia families from polluted air and water, and he’s been a leader in preparing vulnerable communities like Hampton Roads for rising sea levels caused by climate change.  We are proud to stand with Sen. Kaine as he seeks another term in the Senate.” 

“We have a responsibility to protect our environment and take steps to preserve our planet for future generations,” said Sen. Kaine. “I am honored to receive the NRDC Action Fund’s endorsement for a second term in the U.S. Senate. Given the opportunity to serve I will continue to defend Virginia’s coasts, safeguard our communities from climate change, and cherish the natural beauty of our Commonwealth.”

As a key member of the Senate’s ‘Green Firewall,’ Sen. Kaine is helping block some of the Trump administration’s most extreme environmental agenda items, including its efforts to expose Virginia beaches to harmful offshore drilling. Sen. Kaine is featured on GiveGreen.com, a project of LCV Victory Fund and NextGen America, supported by the NRDC Action Fund PAC. GiveGreen.com is the only website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions running for office. Last cycle, the GiveGreen program raised more than $8.3 million for pro-environment candidates.

NRDC Action Fund endorses Sen. Tina Smith

Washington – The NRDC Action Fund, a national environmental organization, today announced its endorsement of U.S. Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) in her campaign for the U.S. Senate.

“Tina Smith is a proven environmental champion who stands up for Minnesota families,” said NRDC Action Fund Executive Director Kevin Curtis. “Throughout her career, Sen. Smith has fought for public health and the environment, and in her first months in the Senate she has already made her mark. We need to keep strong advocates like Sen. Smith in the Senate, working to cut air and water pollution, lead on clean energy and climate action, and conserve natural resources and landscapes across Minnesota and America. The NRDC Action Fund is proud to endorse her.”

“I’m honored to have the endorsement of the NRDC Action Fund,” said Senator Smith. “Throughout my career I have fought to protect our land, water and air. We need to continue to fight climate change, protect our country’s national treasures and grow our clean energy economy. I will continue to be a strong champion and defender of our environment in the Senate.”

As Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, Sen. Smith led efforts to create clean energy jobs and raise the state’s renewable energy standard to 50% by 2050. In the Senate, she has spoken out against the Trump administration’s reckless withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, and she has called for the resignation of President Trump’s scandal-ridden EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. Smith is a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and, as an original cosponsor of the Smart Building Acceleration Act (S. 2447), is a leading voice for energy efficiency improvements that save money, create jobs, and protect the environment.

Sen. Smith is featured on GiveGreen.com, a project of LCV Victory Fund and NextGen America, supported by the NRDC Action Fund PAC. GiveGreen.com is the only website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions running for office. Last cycle, the GiveGreen program raised more than $8.3 million for pro-environment candidates.

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