For Immediate Release: January 8, 2009
Sierra Club Response to President-Elect Obama's Speech on Economic Recovery
Statement of Sierra Club Executive Director, Carl Pope:
We commend President-Elect Obama for his vision of an economic recovery plan that recognizes the vital role of clean energy. His plan makes an important down payment on solutions that will transform America's economy and lead to a clean energy future that will benefit generations to come.
These initiatives are a win-win for a strong economy and a healthier environment -- they will create good jobs here in America, reduce our dependence dirtier energy sources like oil and coal by promoting the shift to wind and solar power and high energy performance, low carbon cars and buildings.
As this plan moves to Congress, it is vitally important that the government focuses on investing in newer, cleaner, more efficient technology and not wasting money on costly, business-as-usual approaches like new coal plants, dams, or "highways to nowhere." We look forward to working with the new President and the Congress to pass this plan and keep it focused on the priorities that will provide short-term economic recovery and long term economic stability and a cleaner, safer world.