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August 23, 2012
Sierra Club Statement On the Romney-Ryan Energy Plan
Washington, DC – Today,
in New Mexico, Mitt Romney released details about his energy plan. Romney’s
plan rehashes the reckless Big Oil and Big Coal priorities he has pushed for
months, ending numerous public health safeguards, shredding the Clean Air and
Clean Water Acts, throwing open public lands and offshore areas to drilling and
mining, and killing tens of thousands of American clean energy jobs.
Sierra Club Executive
Director Michael Brune Released the Following Statement in Response:
“Mitt Romney has devised an energy insecurity plan that would
make us even more dependent upon oil, coal, and gas companies while ignoring
climate disruption, economic growth, and the health and well-being of the
Does anyone really think that the winning economy of the 21st
century can be built on 19th century fossil fuel technology? Romney's plan is
an anchor to the past. The future America deserves is one in which energy doesn't
cost lives, and no one has to choose between a good job and good health.
America needs a bold, innovative plan for our energy future that
acknowledges reality. We need a plan that produces energy domestically, puts
people to work, and makes us truly energy independent - but one that also
stabilizes our climate, and keeps our air and water clean.
We have solutions that won't keep us chained to fossil fuels,
and they're already working. Greenhouse gas emissions are down to their lowest
level in 20 years. We're using less oil, new vehicle standards will double
efficiency and slash carbon pollution. U.S. wind power has doubled over the
last four years, and solar has grown by a factor of five. This is where we need
to go as a nation. We can't afford to turn back.”
|The Sierra Club Voter Education Fund seeks to educate voters about the records of the 2012 GOP presidential candidates by highlighting their extreme positions on public health and other issues of critical importance to the American people and encourage the public to find out more about the candidates and their positions on these issues.