Kuster participates in roundtable forum on the importance of fighting against climate change for New Hampshire’s economy

Concord, NH —The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies, announced today its endorsement of Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) for reelection to Congress.  Congresswoman Kuster participated in a roundtable discussion and Q&A with LCV members and Granite State residents this morning, where she discussed the importance of combating climate change in order to protect New Hampshire’s natural beauty and tourism industry.

“I’m proud to receive the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund,” said Congresswoman Annie Kuster. “New Hampshire’s economy relies on our tourism industry and a healthy environment, but as we begin to experience warmer winters and more erratic weather patterns, climate change poses a huge threat to this vital industry. We must work to mitigate the effects of climate change in order to protect the tourism jobs our Granite State workers rely on, and I thank the LCV for working with me to push forward efforts to protect our environment and strengthen our local economy.”

“Congresswoman Annie Kuster’s insights in fighting the most serious environmental challenge of today – climate change – were an invaluable addition to our roundtable discussion,” said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski. “She’s a tremendous advocate for New Hampshire’s countless natural resources, and she’s devoted to working across the aisle towards commonsense environmental solutions.

Congresswoman Kuster has developed a strong environmental record and has pursued leadership roles that promote the wellbeing of our planet.  She serves on the Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, and is a member of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), both of which position her to ensure we take action to address climate change.

Earlier this year, Kuster co-hosted a roundtable discussion with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and New Hampshire tourism industry leaders to discuss how best to mitigate the effects of climate change, so we can protect this industry that is so vital to our state’s economy. And, as a member of the National Parks Caucus and a strong voice of concern over potential tar sands exports through the Portland-Montreal Pipeline, Congresswoman Kuster consistently protects our nation’s land and natural resources.  She’s also worked to increase funding for wildlife habitat in agriculture and conservation legislation.

Congresswoman Kuster’s voting record earned her a 96% score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard in 2013, her first year in CongressThe non-partisan Scorecard is the nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental and clean energy issues. For more information, visit http://scorecard.lcv.org.

Congresswoman Kuster continues to lead on environmental issues and the roundtable was an opportunity for her and other leaders in New Hampshire to discuss their environmental plans, goals, and accomplishments for the Granite State. The environmental roundtable was moderated by former Congressman Paul Hodes.

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