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The environment isn't just another issue in Hawai`i. We have more endangered species than anywhere in the world; our tourism-dependent economy thrives because of the islands' natural beauty, clean water, and clean air; and the Native Hawaiian culture is premised on respect for the land and water upon which life depends.

Congresswoman Mazie Hirono of Hawai`i recognizes Hawai`i's special relationship with the natural world. She has made her mark as a green jobs and sustainability champion. Major environmental groups have noticed and are united in support of her campaign for the U.S. Senate:

Sierra Club, Hawai`i Chapter

"We went through a long process starting several months ago," said Steve Montgomery, the Hawaii Chapter's political co-chair. "We have a questionnaire that was developed with our partners in the national Sierra Club office, and that was sent out to every candidate that was filing for the office."

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"People from all the islands took part in that. And we sent our recommendations on to the national Sierra Club, and they reviewed it, based on a close examination of their voting records," he said.

The Sierra Club said it endorsed Hirono in the senate race because she "is a proven green advocate," and pointed to her 100 percent voting record with the League of Conservation Voters.

Ocean Champions
On Earth Day, we recommit to protecting our precious planet and glorious Mother Ocean.  At Ocean Champions, we believe the best way to do this is to elect legislators who share our goals.

In that light, we are proud to announce our endorsement of Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (D-HI) for the U.S. Senate.  Congresswoman Hirono knows that clean water, healthy beaches, sustainable fisheries and thriving coral reefs are not just important on Earth Day; they’re a part of Hawaii’s cultural heritage and are necessary for a healthy state economy.

As a member of the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Hirono has cosponsored legislation to prevent expanded offshore drilling, clean up ocean garbage, and protect coral reefs.  She supports implementation of the National Ocean Policy and cosponsored its legislative precursor, Oceans-21, because she knows that improved ocean governance is needed to protect, maintain and restore ocean and coastal resources for the future.  Congresswoman Hirono is also active in the House Ocean Caucus, and the Congressional Marine Sanctuary Caucus, demonstrating an ability to work across the aisle to find common ground on important issues.

League of Conservation Voters
"The League of Conservation Voters is proud to endorse Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate because she has fought to protect the rich natural beauty of Hawaii and build a vibrant clean energy economy,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “Representative Hirono understands that investments in a clean energy future are investments in well-paying, stable jobs for Hawaiians for generations to come.”

Rep. Hirono’s record of supporting numerous pro-environment bills on climate change, clean air and clean water, as well as working to hold corporate polluters responsible for their actions, has earned her a stellar lifetime score of 96% on the LCV National Environmental Scorecard.

Won't you help the environment in Hawai`i and throughout the world by joining Team Mazie too? Just go here: http://mazieforhawaii.com/

Mahalo!

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