October 3, 2012
Contact: Maggie Kao, 202-675-2384
SIERRA CLUB STATEMENT ON PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
Denver, CO – Tonight, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney had their first presidential debate on domestic policy.
In response, Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director issued the following statement:
“Mitt Romney said that he loves Big Bird, but what we saw tonight was that he loves Big Oil.
“Romney, whose energy plan was written by Big Oil, said he’d double the amount of destructive oil and gas drilling on public lands and that he would approve the dirty Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. He attacked investments in clean energy and even flat out said that he ‘likes coal.’
“President Obama vowed to double down on the energy sources of the future, like wind and solar, and boldly stated that Big Oil does not need the $4 billion per year it gets in corporate welfare.
“Tonight’s debate only underscored what we’ve known for weeks now -- the choice this November couldn’t be clearer, and the importance of this election cannot be overstated for the millions of Americans who want a secure climate future, a prosperous clean energy economy and clean air and water.”