As a key part of its electoral work this year, the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund announced today that State Representative David DeCoste (R-Norwell) has been named by the national League of Conservation Voters (LCV) to its national “Dirty Dozen in the States” list.
This list highlights 12 of the most anti-environment state-level candidates from around the country which LCV state affiliates are working to defeat.
This summer, DeCoste was named as one of the ELM Action Fund's Massachusetts Dirty Dozen state legislators. This list is made up of state elected officials who consistently and on a range of issues stand opposed to reasonable progress to safeguard our environment and the jobs, economic growth and improved public health that come with it.
“While he has only been in office one term, DeCoste’s record and actions made him an obvious choice for this list of national distinction,” said ELM AF President George Bachrach. “By naming him to the 'Dirty Dozen in the States,' we are putting the national spotlight on his misguided priorities for Massachusetts."
DeCoste was named in part because he voted against key budget amendments that would help to restore funding for state environmental protection agencies and opposed efforts to restore funding for the state Department of Conservation and Recreation. Both the budget amendments passed the House and Senate with Democratic and Republican support. This session, DeCoste failed to support efforts to make critically-needed investments in renewable energy and failed to support efforts to address the adverse impacts of climate change.
DeCoste is also one of only two state Republican legislators to continue to publicly support Presidential candidate Donald Trump, whose candidacy is a clear and present danger to our nation's environment. Trump has consistently claimed that climate change is a “hoax," has called for eliminating the Environmental Protection Agency and wants to expand our nation's reliance on fossil fuels.
Thirty state League of Conservation Voter partners are working to determine this election cycle’s “Dirty Dozen in the States.” The candidates named are some of the most anti-environment politicians running in competitive state-level races for governor, state senate or state house this cycle.
The ELM Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization that helps pass laws that protect our environmental legacy, holds our elected officials accountable and works to build the political power of the environmental community.
Last year the ELM Action Fund and the national League of Conservation Voters launched a new affiliation and an aggressive plan to flex the environmental community’s policy muscle in Massachusetts. This fall, the ELM Action Fund and the ELM Action Fund Political Action Committee have been working to educate and mobilize voters in key legislative races across the state. To learn more about our work and our recent electoral victories go to www.elmaction.org/campaigns.