FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2011
Contact: Maggie Kao, 202-675-2384
Sierra Club Response to President Obama's Speech on Energy Security
Statement by Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club:
Washington, DC -
“True energy independence starts at home and we are encouraged by the President’s commitment to moving our nation beyond its dangerous addiction to oil.
“As the President said, with soaring oil prices, Middle East unrest, national security concerns and disasters like the BP Gulf disaster, we cannot afford to hit the snooze button again on our energy independence.
“Today the Sierra Club joined the Center for American Progress and the League of Conservation Voters in releasing a “Cleaner Cars, Less Foreign Oil” plan, calling for President Obama and Congress to set firm targets for ending Big Oil’s stranglehold on our economy.
To save Americans money at the pump, we propose the following four-part plan:
“We join the President in his call for American ingenuity and innovation and we share his vision for a safer, healthier and more prosperous nation. However, the Sierra Club is firmly opposed to the misconception that coal or nuclear power can ever be clean.
“Instead of perpetuating our dependence on dirty energy, we urge the President and Congress to take meaningful action to move America into a clean energy economy.”