Enviros Overjoyed with Election 2008

President-elect Obama has green groups excited for change.

Barack Obama’s victory wasn’t the only win for the environment during last week’s election. The nonprofit League of Conservation Voters (LCV) reported that at least 92 of the 116 federal candidates that it or its state affiliates endorsed based on lifetime environmental voting records—a whopping 79 percent—won on November 4 (the outcomes of seven of the races were still unknown as we went to press). Meanwhile, seven of the "Dirty Dozen" members of Congress named by the group for their poor environmental voting records were ousted from their seats.

"LCV is proud to have helped so many environmental champions win in 2008 and to be within reach of our principal goal of a 60-vote pro-environment majority in the U.S. Senate," LCV president Gene Karpinski told reporters. "With strong new leaders like these, we expect to pass significant global warming and clean energy legislation in the next year," he added.

Source: League of Conservation Voters