Friday, June 20, 2008

Sierra Club Endorses Barack Obama

From Sierra Club:

As USW President Leo Gerard said, the Sierra Club and his union "are standing together in support of Barack Obama because we all share the common goal of putting America back to work by building a clean energy economy." Gerard said he believes Obama is committed to "breaking the chokehold Big Oil and the other polluting energy industries have on our economy and future."

Senator Obama's green jobs/climate change platform is impressive:

  • Senator Obama has presented a bold and comprehensive plan for addressing climate change that relies on what the world's scientists have told us needs to be done. His plan includes a "cap and auction" system that would cut our carbon dioxide emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
  • His plan requires that polluters pay for the global warming pollution they emit and would invest the money generated from those credits into clean energy, green jobs, and aid for the lowest-income Americans affected by higher energy costs.
  • His plan calls for 25 percent of U.S. electricity to come from renewable sources by 2025, and for improving energy efficiency in the U.S. 50 percent by 2030, and would create tens of thousands of jobs in growing industries while at the same time reducing the amount Americans spend on energy bills.

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