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Press Room:  For Immediate Release 
Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet

Wednesday, April 30 2008   

Contact: David Willett, 202-675-6698

Voters Demand a Clean Energy Future
50K Citizens to Candidates: "You have the Power2Change"

Washington, DC- At the culmination of the "Power2Change" campaign, Sierra Club today announced that over 50,000 citizens have added their voices to the call for candidates up and down the ballot to make the right choices and pledge to support local, state, and federal policies that will create a clean energy future for America. A national effort focused in nine states, the Power2Change educated people about how the choices we make in 2008 will define our future - especially when it comes to the election and energy issues.

Results of the petition, state-specific highlights, videos, photos and more available here.

"This spring's program was a tremendous success," said Cathy Duvall, Sierra Club Political Director. "Over the past five weeks, we watched a movement grow. We found that across the country, voters from all walks of life are passionate about the need for a clean energy future that creates jobs and solves global warming. And they want their elected leaders, including the next president, to commit to moving that vision forward."

Beginning with the release of the Power2Change report in March, which highlighted examples of clean energy leaders and backwards thinking polluters from across the country, volunteers and organizers in each of the nine states mobilized a sweeping force of grassroots volunteers who collected more than 50,000 petition signatures, handed out 20,000 energy-efficient CFL light bulbs and organized dozens of events that drew attention to clean energy champions and their successes. In the process, we educated over 100,000 voters about the choices we face in 2008, and clearly contrasted between competing visions of our energy future.

The program was based in Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Virginia and New Hampshire.  Highlights included clean energy tours, clean business partnerships, rallies, CFL giveaways, house parties, bike rides and more.

photos, videos, quotes, and other highlights from Power 2 Change here


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