UT: Peters gets conservation group endorsement

By Mark Walker  MARCH 12, 2014

Rep. Scott Peters has received the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters, which scored him at 100 percent for his 2013 voting record and calls him a “true environmental leader.”

“He works hard to protect our environment for future generations, and to mitigate the effects of climate change that we are seeing right outside our window — including more extreme wildfire, rising sea levels and longer droughts,” said Sarah Rose, chief executive officer of the California league.

The endorsement was echoed by Livia Borak of the league’s San Diego chapter.

Said Peters: “San Diegans know we can’t afford to turn a blind eye to climate change or ignore threats to our clean air and clean water, and I’m proud of defending natural resources as an environmental lawyer, City Council member, Port Commissioner and now in Congress.”

Peters, a Democrat, is facing a high-profile challenge from former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio. Two other Republicans are also running: Coronado surgeon Fred Simon and former U.S. Marine intelligence officer Kirk Jorgensen. The race for the 52nd congressional district seat is viewed as one of the most contested in California as the two major parties and aligned groups pour resources into the race.

The league’s political action arm announced the endorsement in a conference call where representative said they would aid in his re-election bid. The group generally backs Democrats who have been aligned with it on environmental issues.

While Peters has a long record in support of environmental causes, he has taken one vote this year opposite of league interests.

That came last week when the House was considering amendments to the National Environmental Policy Act that included establishing procedural deadlines. Peters said Wednesday he voted for the Republican-sponsored legislation because it’s important for project proponents to get decisions on their applications in a timely fashion.

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