Hartford, CT - Today, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) applauded Governor Dannel P. Malloy's signing of Public Act 18-82: Climate Change Planning and Resiliency and Public Act 18-50: Connecticut's Energy Future.
"Connecticut continues to lead the way in the fight against climate change," said CTLCV Executive Director Lori Brown. "Even as the EPA and federal government weaken regulations and undermine the last administration's efforts to reduce emissions, Connecticut has stepped up to enforce tougher standards and invest in renewable energy. Now more than ever, we need leaders who are committed to continuing the environmental legacy Governor Malloy has forged.
"We've heard from our members on both sides of the aisle that clean energy is one of their highest priorities—and it's no surprise. Clean energy helps us lower our carbon footprint, create new jobs around green technology, and lower energy prices for businesses and homeowners. As we prepare to make our endorsements in the 2018 election, we at CTLCV are paying close attention to lawmakers who are ready to take up the fight against climate change."
CTLCV supported both of these bills throughout the 2018 legislative session.
Hartford, CT - Today, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) attended Governor Dannel P. Malloy's announcement ordering the implementation of the State Water Plan. This comprehensive plan balances the needs of conservation, economic development, recreation, and ecological health.
"Special interests and utility giants blocked the State Water Plan to keep the people of Connecticut from having authority over the management of their own water," said CTLCV Executive Director Lori Brown. "Our water is a public trust, and the residents of Connecticut have a right to decide how it's used. This session saw significant lobbying from utility companies at the expense of Connecticut families. Lawmakers bowed to special interests when they failed to bring the State Water Plan up for a vote. Thankfully, Governor Malloy has been a champion on this issue, and we at the CTLCV applaud him for his foresight and conviction.
"As the CTLCV prepares to make endorsements for the 2018 election, we are paying close attention to those lawmakers who fought for the environment and stood up to special interests. While voters may not be able to hold utility companies accountable at the polls, they can certainly take action against lawmakers who put special interests ahead of the people they serve. Our upcoming Environmental Scorecard will report on the battle over the public trust and the State Water Plan during this recent legislative session."
The State Water Plan was developed by the Water Planning Council through an exhaustive, transparent process complete with a lengthy period for public comments. The 2018 legislative session ended without legislative review or approval by the CGA.
The CTLCV will be releasing its Environmental Scorecard online at www.ctlcv.org.
Hartford, CT - Today, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) announced the hiring of Amanda Schoen as the new Director of Communications.
"We are thrilled to bring Amanda onto our team," said Executive Director Lori Brown. "This is a critical time as we prepare for the upcoming election, and Amanda brings the passion and experience we need to grow our membership, connect with voters, and make sure lawmakers and candidates understanding the importance of the environment to their constituents."
Amanda Schoen brings a wealth of political and public relations experience to the team. She has previously served as Press Secretary for U.S. Congressman John B. Larson and as Communications Director for U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson. Additionally, she has consulted for numerous state, local, and national campaigns on strategy and communications.