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Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania endorses Vera Cole

October 12, 2016
Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania endorses Vera Cole

 [Sellersville, PA] – Today, Conservation Voters of PA endorsed Vera Cole for State Representative.  CVPA represents thousands of individuals in the Commonwealth committed to a cleaner environment and prepared to vote for pro-environment candidates.

“Our environment is at a tipping point, and it’s more important than ever that we combat the damage being done to our air and water,” said Josh McNeil, Executive Director of CVPA. “Unfortunately, rather than protecting our environment, the current legislature of Pennsylvania has been doing the bidding of polluting industries and trying to dismantle key protections for our air and water. 

Representative Craig Staats has repeatedly voted against protecting our air, water, and land—earning him a dismal 9% on our 2015-2016 Pennsylvania Environmental Scorecard. His anti-environmental votes included holding the state budget hostage for months fighting against environmental protections and voting to delay and weaken the crucial Clean Power Plan. Rep. Staats has consistently put the interests of polluters above the interests of her constituents.

“It is time for a change, for a candidate who puts the interests of their constituents ahead of the interests of oil and gas companies.” Said McNeil. “Vera Cole offers the change we need to stand up for our environment.”

Dr. Cole said of the endorsement, “We must make it absolutely clear that the safety of Pennsylvania’s water, air and climate is not for sale. These are non-negotiable life-sustaining necessities. Keeping them safe, clean and reliable is of utmost priority to the families and economy of Pennsylvania.”

Article 1, Section 27 of Pennsylvania’s constitution states that: “The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.”

“If Pennsylvania elects more environmental champions like Vera, we can begin to finally live up to the ideals of our constitution.”

Information about Vera can be found at

Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania is an organization dedicated to protecting the environment by passing better environmental laws and electing candidates committed to a cleaner, safer Keystone State. CVPA was founded in 2009 and built on the successful model of the national League of Conservation Voters and its affiliates in 33 states. 

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