The holiday season and impending New Year provides a time for reflection on the past year and opportunity to make resolutions for the next. With regards to clean energy and environmental protection, this year has seen great progress and renewed hope, thanks in large part to President Obama's leadership. But there is still much to be done.
This December, as you check off your shopping list for friends and family, we can think of a few more people who deserve gifts.
The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who support sound environmental policies has recently re-launched its GiveGreen website, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates. Through GiveGreen, donors who care about building a clean energy economy, curbing global warming pollution and safeguarding our environment can send a collective message to candidates that these issues are a top priority, while also helping to ensure that those candidates targeted by Big Oil and other corporate polluters are able to run competitive campaigns. We launched the site a full six months earlier than we have before in order to enable supporters like you to give gifts that will help contribute to a greener, cleaner year in 2010.
With Big Oil already spending millions on smear campaigns and lobbying against energy reform, never before has it been more critical that candidates hear from voters that clean energy is a priority issue, and in turn that pro-environment candidates have the necessary funds to run effective campaigns. Actions speak louder than words and GiveGreen makes it easy for concerned citizens to demand progress by helping to protect and elect members of Congress who will continue our country on a path towards a clean energy future with more jobs, less pollution and greater security.
Today, GiveGreen features environmental champions in the Senate, such as Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA), as well as new leaders in the House who supported the American Clean Energy & Security Act, such as Reps. Tom Perriello (VA-05) and John Boccieri (OH-16). The newly re-launched site initially features 11 candidates from both parties who have made significant contributions to energy and environmental initiatives while in office. As the election year progresses, incumbents and challengers from both sides of the aisle will be added to the site. LCVAF bundled nearly $700,000 for environmental candidates in the 2007-08 election cycle.
Voters like you know that new energy policies -- including a limit on carbon pollution -- will provide positive benefits for the economy and our security. The issue-driven financial backing provided by GiveGreen can help candidates recognize that support next year for clean energy and climate legislation represents the convergence of good policy and smart politics.
So let's ring in some new energy policies and say goodbye to the old. Please visit GiveGreen today at http://lcv.org/givegreen