Virtually at the same time that Mike Rounds was endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business, Rick Weiland received an endorsement of his own. But as in other cases, he’s awfully quiet about his endorsements from liberal special interest groups who want to shut down domestic energy production:
LCV Action Fund Endorses Rick Weiland for U.S. Senate from South Dakota
29 Sep 2014
WASHINGTON, DC—The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies, announced today its endorsement of Rick Weiland for U.S. Senate from South Dakota. Weiland will work to conserve our environment and expand America’s clean energy economy.
“Rick Weiland has spent his career balancing economic growth with environmental protections, and he will continue this leadership in the Senate as he works to create clean energy jobs and increase our energy efficiency,” said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski. “He will ensure we are good stewards of our environment by conserving our natural resources and reducing our reliance on dirty fossil fuels.”
“I appreciate the League’s endorsement a great deal,” said Weiland. “The League has taken on such a critical fight, one that isn’t easy at times, especially given the misinformation campaigns fueled by big money. Our planet is precious and we need to ensure its survival for future generations of Americans. South Dakota is incredibly well-positioned to take advantage of the move towards clean energy. I look forward to the League’s input and to working with them if I am fortunate enough to serve South Dakota in the United States Senate.”
As a former regional FEMA director, Weiland witnessed the impacts of climate disruption in our communities, which is why he supports commonsense solutions to tackle climate change and protect our planet for generations to come. In the Senate, he will advocate for the expansion of South Dakota’s clean energy industries while opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline, standing with farmers, ranchers and tribal communities against a proposal that would harm the state’s land and economy. Weiland also served as the CEO of the International Code Council, where he worked to make our residential and commercial buildings more energy efficient, a cause he will continue to fight for in the Senate, which will save consumers money and combat climate change.
Rick Weiland is featured on LCV Action Fund’s GiveGreen website, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates.
Rick Weiland is awfully quiet about this endorsement from an anti-Keystone group, despite being quoted in the release, noting:
“I appreciate the League’s endorsement a great deal,” said Weiland. “The League has taken on such a critical fight, one that isn’t easy at times, especially given the misinformation campaigns fueled by big money.
I look forward to the League’s input and to working with them if I am fortunate enough to serve South Dakota in the United States Senate.”
Basically, Rick is putting the group on notice that he’s happy to do whatever they’d like if he is elected.
Interestingly enough, it bookends another endorsement he received in the US Senate race that he doesn’t talk about – that of the Sierra Club.
Yes, that’s Slick Rick Weiland displayed as receiving the endorsement of the Sierra Club, an organization “leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.” An organization who proudly claims they’ve retired “160 Coal fired plants.”
It sounds more and more like Rick Weiland’s liberal out-of-state supporters want him to go to Washington to shut down South Dakota energy production facilities like the Big Stone coal-fired power plant, and to kill energy jobs like the Keystone XL pipeline that Rick opposes.