NWF Action Fund Endorses Shaheen for U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, DC (October 1, 2008) - The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund is endorsing Jeanne Shaheen for election to the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire. Shaheen has voiced strong support for clean energy solutions, climate action and public lands protection, three key issues for sportsmen this fall.

"Hunters and anglers know global warming threatens traditions like cold water fishing and they're looking for clean energy solutions," said Sue Brown, executive director of the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund. "Jeanne Shaheen knows that clean energy solutions, like wind and solar, help families reduce their dependency on fossil fuels. Clean renewable energy will also cut energy costs, create American jobs, and protect America's land and water for future generations."

More than 80 percent of America's hunters and anglers believe the United States should set a bold, new vision on energy policy, and set a goal to achieve 100 percent of our electricity from clean, renewable sources of power within 10 years, according to a poll commissioned in July by the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund. Three-quarters also believe America has a moral responsibility to confront global warming to protect our children's future. The sportsmen polled tend to be swing voters who consider conservation to be as important as, if not more important than, gun rights.

As governor, Shaheen developed New Hampshire's first comprehensive energy plan, increasing renewable energy use in the state and increasing energy efficiency. She forged a bi-partisan coalition to pass the Clean Power Act, making New Hampshire the first state in the nation to enact a law requiring its power plants to reduce emissions of four pollutants: carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxides, nitrogen oxides and mercury. She has also committed to supporting the Clean Water Restoration Act, supporting the Forest Legacy program that provides critical funding for protecting the Northern Forest, and opposing drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

On the other hand, "Senator Sununu he has spent much of his six-year term opposing common sense legislation that would reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and help usher in the clean energy economy and green jobs we need in New Hampshire and around the country," Brown said.

The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund is the 501(c)4 grassroots lobbying arm of the National Wildlife Federation. NWF Action Fund is an organization that advocates for the conservation interests of hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts from all walks of life and political stripes. We are committed to encouraging participation in the democratic process and inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. www.nwfactionfund.org

Miles Grant - Communications Manager
National Wildlife Federation
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Reston, VA 20190-5362