Alison Lundergan Grimes Welcomes Anti-Coal Liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren To Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 13, 2014

Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

LOUISVILLE - Team Mitch today released the following statement and background information in response to Alison Lundergan Grimes touting her upcoming Kentucky fundraiser with liberal Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

“Alison Lundergan Grimes may be Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Elizabeth Warren’s ‘perfect candidate’ to assist them in enacting their liberal agenda in the Senate, but she is anything but the ‘perfect candidate’ for Kentucky, said Team Mitch spokeswoman Allison Moore. “Grimes has proven that she will say one thing to Kentuckians but does the opposite when she’s with her inner circle of supporters who have a long record of backing anti-coal, anti-Kentucky policies.”

BACKGROUND

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Called The New EPA Regulations A “Powerful Step”. “Sen. Elizabeth Warren called the move a "powerful step" toward what Sen. Ed Markey described as the "beginning of the end of America’s long, dirty power plant era." (Robert Rizzuto, “Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey praise new EPA plan to cut power plant carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030,” Mass Live, 6/4/14)

Sen. Warren Specifically Cited The Harm That Comes From Power Plants. “"We know that high carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere are driving climate change. We know those carbon dioxide levels are increasing the acidity of our oceans, disrupting already-fragile marine ecosystems," Warren said in her speech. "And we know that power plants are responsible for about 40 percent of America's carbon pollution. Add all that up, and we know enough to know that reducing carbon pollution from power plant emissions will make a real difference in the fight against climate change." (Robert Rizzuto, “Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey praise new EPA plan to cut power plant carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030,” Mass Live, 6/4/14)

Elizabeth Warren Was Endorsed By The Sierra Club And Clean Water Action In Her Last Campaign. “The Sierra Club and Clean Water Action have both given their support to Warren, who the groups say will be a leader in promoting clean energy investments and environmental protection and "side with middle class families over the big oil and dirty energy companies." (Robert Rizzuto, “Elizabeth Warren picks up endorsement of Sierra Club and Clean Water Action,” Mass Live, 4/3/14)

In December 2011, Warren’s Spokesman Said She Opposed The Construction Of The Keystone XL Pipeline Because Of Concerns About Safety And Environmental Impacts. “Warren’s campaign spokesman, Kyle Sullivan, said today that she opposes the pipeline, because of concerns about safety and environmental impacts. But the topic is a difficult one for Warren politically in that it pits groups thatsupport her against each other.” (Noah Bierman, “Brown, Warren On Opposite Sides Of Oil Pipeline Debate,” The Boston Globe, 12/16/11)

Warren Support For Obama

Warren Was Unable To Name A Single Issue On Which She Disagreed With Obama. “Asked if she could lay out some differences between her and Obama, Warren punted, calling it ‘way too broad of a question.’ Asked about bipartisanship in her record, Warren pointed to her work creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency opposed by virtually every Republican lawmaker.” (Manu Raju, “Brown: I’m Not A ‘Rock Thrower,’” Politico, 1/18/12)

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