WASHINGTON, DC— The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies, today announced its endorsement of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland for U.S. Senate. Through a long and distinguished career in public office, Strickland has fought to grow Ohio’s clean energy economy and is committed to addressing the climate crisis.
“With all the progress we’ve made on clean energy and climate change over the past six months, it is more clear than ever that the people of Ohio deserve an ally like Ted Strickland in the U.S. Senate,” said LCV Action Fund Vice President of Government Affairs Sara Chieffo. “As Governor, Ted Strickland fought for policies that harnessed Ohio’s manufacturing expertise to grow the state’s clean energy economy, creating jobs and reducing harmful pollution.”
“In the more than twenty years I have known Ted Strickland, I’ve seen him work tirelessly to find responsible, common sense approaches that preserve our environment and strengthen our economy,” said Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund President Heather Taylor-Miesle. “Governor Strickland knows that a strong clean energy economy, a healthy and vibrant Lake Erie, and a solution to the climate crisis is critical for Ohio’s future.”
“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund,” said Strickland. “As governor, I was proud to bring one of the most ambitious renewable and advanced energy standards in the nation to Ohio — creating jobs, bringing predictable electricity rates to businesses and residents, and helping to tackle the challenge of catastrophic climate change. The clean energy industry presents a tremendous source of opportunity for Ohio, and I believe it can help lead to an economic renewal in areas like where I grew up in Appalachia that have been hurt by a variety of market forces in the energy industry. In the U.S. Senate, I will continue my efforts to position our communities to benefit from all this new economy will bring—more jobs, lower electricity rates, and better public health.”
As Governor, Strickland advocated for and signed into law the state’s renewable portfolio standard, calling for 25 percent of the state’s energy to be produced by advanced energy by 2025. By 2010, the state was ranked second in solar production and continued to be a top-five state for “green energy” production. These efforts led to 25,000 new advanced-energy manufacturing jobs. Furthermore, on the campaign trail, he has called for a regional approach to help Ohio’s Appalachian communities take advantage of new opportunities in the clean energy economy.
During his tenure in Congress, Strickland served on the Energy and Commerce Committee and cast important votes against additional oil and gas drilling, in favor of clean air and water protections and to address the challenge of climate change.
Strickland is featured on LCV Action Fund’s GiveGreen website, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions for federal office.
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