Rep. Keith Downey named to national League of Conservation Voters’ state “Dirty Dozen” list

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2012
Contact: Molly Pederson, Political Affairs Director, 612-767-2444 or molly@conservationminnesota.org

  

Washington, D.C.—Representative Keith Downey was named to the national League of Conservation Voters’ (LCV) state “Dirty Dozen” list, which lists 12 of the most anti-environment state-level candidates in the country.

“In the past, our elected officials were able to put aside partisan politics and make Minnesota a leader in clean energy, clean water, and safe products for our children,” said Paul Austin, Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota Voter Center. “We’ve made a commitment to get more of our energy from renewable sources like wind and solar. We’ve taken steps to clean up more of our polluted lakes and rivers, and to protect our drinking water from growing threats like runoff from animal feedlots. We were the first state to ban bisphenol A in baby bottles and sippy cups. Unfortunately, Representative Downey supported some of the most devastating roll backs to this progress, while also voting against measures that would keep us moving forward.

Downey’s 2011-2012 voting record includes:

  • Supported privatizing small lakes so they don’t have to meet state pollution standards;
  • Opposed a measure that would make it easier for parents to know if children’s products contain harmful toxic chemicals;
  • Supported opening up more of the Superior National Forest to clear-cut logging and risky mining operations;
  • Opposed increased penalties and enforcement of laws aimed at slowing down the spread of aquatic invasive species in Minnesota’s lakes and rivers;
  • Opposed banning formaldehyde, another harmful chemical, in children’s products;
  • Supported a measure that allows for-profit commercial logging in Minnesota’s state parks; and
  • Supported a plan that makes it easier to build more coal plants in Minnesota.

“Representative Downey’s record is out of step with Minnesotans who understand that our economy, the health of our families, and our way of life depend on clean water and air, and safe products for our children,” said Austin.

LCV solicited input from its more than 30 state partners from among hundreds of candidates running for governor, state senate and state house. The candidates selected for this state-level Dirty Dozen represent some of the most anti-environment politicians running in competitive races this year.

“From Congress to the state house, there has never been a more urgent need to defeat politicians who stand with corporate polluters and oppose vital environmental safeguards,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “With the current U.S. House of Representatives the most anti-environment in our nation’s history, it is especially critical that we elect strong environmental leaders at the state and local level to continue to make progress towards a clean energy future.”

LCV’s national Dirty Dozen program targets candidates for Congress — regardless of party affiliation — who consistently vote against clean energy and conservation and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome.

 

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