The Washington Times - July 22, 2013, 08:21AM

Former Vice President Al Gore has endorsed U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, Hawaii Democrat, in his primary contest against Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, citing Mr. Schatz’s work on renewable energy.

“Thanks to Brian’s visionary leadership, Hawaii implemented its own groundbreaking Clean Energy Initiative,” Mr. Gore said in a statement, according to Hawaii News Now. “As a result, Hawaii has tripled its renewable energy production from 6% to 18%. And we’re going to need Brian’s strong, outspoken leadership in Congress for many more years to get the job done.”

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Mr. Schatz, who had been lieutenant governor, was appointed to fill the seat of the late Daniel Inuoye by Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who eschewed Mr. Inuoye’s desire to have Ms. Hanabusa replace him.