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Washington Conservation Voters responds to Rob McKenna’s new environmental platform
Today, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna issued a narrow “environmental plan” that rolls back standards and shifts Puget Sound restoration to local, voluntary efforts.
SEATTLE—Today, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna issued a narrow “environmental plan” that rolls back standards and shifts Puget Sound restoration to local, voluntary efforts.
“McKenna’s environmental plan would let polluters—his campaign contributors—off the hook for Puget Sound restoration," said Brendon Cechovic, executive director of Washington Conservation Voters. “McKenna also wants to lower the basic environmental standards that keep our families safe and healthy. That is irresponsible and unacceptable.”
Rob McKenna has refused to put his environmental positions on paper until today.
“This is a sad day for Washington if this is really McKenna’s environmental vision,” Cechovic said. “The opportunity for innovation and economic growth around clean energy is completely missing from his narrow plan. He has missed the boat.”
Rob McKenna‘s 17-year environmental record in public office show that he's a friend to corporate polluters, the timber industry and oil and gas companies:
• As a King County Council Member, Rob McKenna strongly supported a dangerous proposal to build an oil pipeline through small communities and sensitive environmental areas. That project was cancelled after the 1999 pipeline tragedy in Bellingham.
• As Washington's Attorney General, he was even sued for refusing to defend Washington's public lands—and lost. He has also refused to thoroughly investigate price gouging by oil companies and tried to overturn a federal court ruling to weaken pollution regulations for logging companies.
• Throughout his campaign McKenna has taken thousands of dollars from polluting industries that would benefit from his efforts to reduce environmental regulations.
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Brendon Cechovic, WCV Executive Director