For Immediate Release: February 11, 2009
Sierra Club Urges Congress to Pass Recovery Bill
Washington, DC: The Sierra Club congratulates Congressional leadership for reaching an agreement on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The bill makes an important down payment on solutions that will transform America's economy, lead to a clean energy future and invest in training the next generation of workers. The Sierra Club urges both Houses of Congress to now pass the bill as quickly as possible.
"As President Obama has so often underscored this week, this approach is a win-win for a strong economy and a healthier environment," said Melinda Pierce, Sierra Club's National Campaigns Deputy Director. "With green investments of close to $100 Billion, this bill will create good jobs for people here in America and reduce our dependence on dirtier energy sources. The Sierra Club praises Congress for promoting the shift to wind and solar power, high energy performance low carbon cars and buildings, mass transit, and a modernized water and transportation infrastructure."
"Congress now needs to make sure that President Obama's vision of an economic recovery and a clean energy future prevail," said Pierce. "The best parts of this bill can get America going in the right direction with good jobs and smart solutions."