For Immediate Release: January 25, 2009
David Willett, 202-675-6698
Josh Dorner, 202-675-2384
Sierra Club Praises for Obama for Action on Clean Cars
Washington, DC: In anticipation of President Obama's Monday announcement that he will direct EPA to review whether to grant California a waiver for its clean car law, the Sierra Club issued the following statement from Executive Director, Carl Pope:
"This action deserves the loudest applause. President Obama is making good on campaign promises and sending yet another clear signal that global warming and a clean energy economy are top priorities for his administration. By beginning this process and directing EPA to review the Bush administration's lack of action, President Obama is turning the Federal Government into a force for positive change instead of a roadblock.
"Fifteen states are waiting to implement this clean car law (including DC) and other states are poised to adopt it. We are optimistic that after proper review, EPA will grant the waiver--this will give these states the greenlight to tackle global warming pollution from cars and light trucks."
"Taking action on the clean car waiver was one of the top items Sierra Club has been encouraging Obama to take on global warming as soon as possible as part of a "Clean Slate" agenda. This is one more part of President Obama's vision for creating demand for clean technologies that in turn create new jobs in the U.S. --all while curbing global warming at the same time."