CTLCV Endorses George Jepsen for Attorney General

Sep 28th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Story, Politics

George Jepsen

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, the bipartisan political arm of the environmental movement in Connecticut, today announced its endorsement of George Jepsen in his campaign for Attorney General. 

In its endorsement, CTLCV noted Jepsen’s impressive environmental track record and his eagerness to create a meaningful relationship between the Office of Attorney General and the Department of Environmental Protection.

“As a state legislator and Senate Majority Leader from 1997 to 2003, George Jepsen proved his commitment to protecting Connecticut’s environment from pollution and over-development.  His performance on the League’s scorecard increased each year he held office, ending with a perfect 100% score in 2002.  I am confident his leadership, coupled with his extensive legal experience, empowers him to uphold the state’s environmental policies and enforce the law to ensure our natural resources are protected for the benefit of public health and welfare,” said Lori Brown, CTLCV’s Executive Director.  “In particular, Mr. Jepsen understands the fundamental relationship between environmental protection and the state’s economic well-being-a truth that too many public leaders fail to realize and act upon.”

Jepsen served 16 years in the state House and Senate, six as Senate Majority Leader.  In that time, he fought for clean air, clean water, to preserve open space and farmland and to protect Long Island Sound.  If elected, he promises to make water quality one of his top priorities: “While we have made great progress in bringing polluted waterways and rivers in Connecticut back to life, only 15% of Connecticut’s rivers are considered clean enough for swimming … Thus, I would employ a combination of strategic, strong enforcement and collective efforts with municipal and state governments to defend Connecticut’s most precious resources, its clean water, clean air and clean land,” said Jepsen in response to CTLCV’s candidate survey.

Other accomplishments as a state legislator include co-authoring the Open Space Trust Fund, championing legislation that encourages corporations to turn unused land into open space, passing legislation to clean upbrownfields, and working to replace Connecticut’s “Sooty Six” power plants with cleaner facilities to lower emissions.

Earlier this year, CTLCV endorsed 28 candidates for the General Assembly.  Candidates’ responses to CTLCV’s environmental survey and their voting records may be viewed at http://www.ctlcv.org/survey or by contacting CTLCV directly.

Every election year, CTLCV surveys candidate on their positions, records, and plans for protecting the environment.  CTLCV also reviews incumbents’ records in its Annual Environmental Scorecard.

Jepsen spoke about his energy policy at Central Connecticut State University’s Institute of Technology and Business Development Friday. Read this story in The New Britain Herald.

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