Sierra Club Endorses Obama for President
With a giant wind turbine representing America's clean energy future as a backdrop, the Sierra Club and United Steelworkers jointly endorsed Barack Obama in July.
"We believe Senator Obama is the leader who will put America on the path to a clean energy economy that will create and keep millions of jobs, spur innovation and opportunity, make us a more secure nation, and help us solve global warming," said Carl Pope, Sierra Club Executive Director.
Senator Obama's plan will help heal America's economy and environment:
• 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 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
• His plan requires the polluters pay for the global warming pollution they emit, invests the money generated from the credits polluters would have to buy into clean energy, green jobs and aid for the lowest-income Americans affected by higher energy costs.
• His calls for 25% of U.S. electricity to come from renewable sources by 2025, and for improving energy efficiency in the U.S. 50 percent by 2030 would create tens of thousands of jobs in growing industries while at the same time saving the amount Americans would have to spend on energy bills.
Barack Obama has said, "Change is an energy policy that puts a price on pollution and makes the oil companies invest their record profits in clean, renewable sources of energy that will create millions of new jobs and leave our children a safer planet."
A sample of other high points of Senator Obama's environmental platform:
• Opposes destructive oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and on fragile coasts.
• Opposes the storage of nuclear waste at the Yucca Mountain repository being built in southern Nevada.
• Promises to restore environmental protections that the Bush administration rolled back by executive order.
• Calls for tougher pollution regulations on factory farms or concentrated animal-feeding operations (factory farms).
• Primary cosponsor of the Lead Poisoning Reduction Act, which aims to protect children from toxic lead poisoning.