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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2009
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Obama to Tout Green Jobs, Economic Recovery Plan with Stop at Ohio Factory
Facility Shows Potential of Economic Recovery Package
to Promote Clean Energy, Revitalize U.S. Manufacturing

Washington, D.C.—President-Elect Barack Obama will tout his American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan in Bedford Heights, Ohio at the Cardinal Fastener & Specialty Company, an expanding company with innovative production practices that manufactures parts used to construct wind turbines. 

The visit comes just a day after the House of Representatives released its proposed economic recovery package.  The proposal outlined approximately $100 billion in direct spending and incentives for clean energy, the retrofitting of public buildings and public housing, low and moderate-income home weatherization, clean water and environmental restoration projects, energy efficiency, smart grid, and mass transit projects.

Statement of Carl Pope, Sierra Club Executive Director

"Barack Obama gets it.  He knows that clean energy and green jobs are the future of American manufacturing and the foundation for a stronger America and more secure middle class.  That is why Obama and his allies in Congress have put clean energy, energy efficiency, mass transit, and other green projects at center of their economic recovery plan.  This plan will ensure that millions of Americans will have the opportunity to join the workers of Cardinal Fastener in building the clean energy economy that will revitalize America and help end our dependence on fossil fuels once and for all.

"Barack Obama ran on the strongest environmental platform in history, has assembled a phenomenal team of energy and environmental advisers, and has now proposed an economic recovery package that represents a sizable down payment on his promise to rebuild America's economy and bring the clean energy future to life. The Sierra Club is actively working with our allies in Congress and is committed to putting a clean, green economic recovery package on Obama's desk as soon as possible."

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