For Immediate Release
Sierra Club Endorses Obama for President
Cleveland, OH: With a giant wind turbine representing America's clean energy future as a backdrop, the Sierra Club and United Steelworkers today jointly endorsed Barack Obama as the change America needs.
Carl Pope, the Executive Director of the Sierra Club, America's largest grassroots environmental organization, Leo Gerard, the leader of America's largest industrial union, and,Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown highlighted the stakes in this year's election
"We believe Senator Obama is the change our nation needs - he is the change we need, 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 Pope.
"The Sierra Club and the United Steelworkers are standing together in support of Barack Obama because we all share the common goal of putting America back to work by building a clean energy economy," said Leo Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers.
"Our endorsement today marks the beginning of a massive mobilization of thousands of members around the country for the campaign-on the phone, on the ground, on the airwaves and online, spreading the message that as President, Barack Obama will lead America into the clean energy future and that we support his plan to solve both our economic challenges and the challenge of global warming at the same time," said Allison Chin, President of the Sierra Club.
Senator Obama's plan will help heal America's economy and environment:
"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.' We really could not have said it better ourselves. And that is why he is our candidate and we will do everything in our power to help elect him the next president of the United States," said Pope.
A sample of other high points of Senator Obama's environmental platform.
Sierra Club was also an early backer of State Senator Barack Obama in the Democratic Primary for his run to the U.S. Senate, basing our endorsement on "his strong record of support for clean air, wetlands protection, and clean energy."