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Jim McDermott (D): U.S. Representative, District C7

Jim McDermott (currently serving his 9th term) has consistently acted as an environmental champion while in Congress. McDermott is a member of the House Climate Change Caucus and the House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus. He is a supporter of the Renewable Energy Production Incentive (REPI), a program that provides financial incentives for utilities and cooperatives to invest in and produce renewable energy, and the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for cars and sport utility vehicles. He supports alternative technologies for vehicles and owns a hybrid car.

McDermott introduced the Salmon Planning Act in April, 2005 to “secure preservation and recovery of the steelhead and salmon of the Columbia river basin.” The act entails an analysis of current and future recovery efforts of salmon in Washington state, followed by a requirement for the comptroller to study effects of removing four lower Snake River dams and finally, the removal of those dams if effects on energy production and salmon restoration are favorable.

McDermott has a 94% rating with the League of Conservation Voters, voted and argued against ANWR drilling, and wants to see Washington state set an example to our visitors in alternative energy development. McDermott has been a voice for restoring natural habitat and preserving public spaces.

Visit his website: http://www.mcdermottforcongress.com/