President Obama, Other Clean Energy Champions Win

President Obama, Other Clean Energy Champions Win

Contact:           Melissa Harrison, NRDC Action Fund, 202-486-1905, [email protected]

President Obama, Other Clean Energy Champions Win

NRDC Action Fund: Time to Act on Climate Change

WASHINGTON (November 6, 2012) – Following is a statement by Frances Beinecke, president of the NRDC Action Fund:

“Clean energy emerged a big winner. The American people chose many candidates who campaigned on renewable sources of energy–starting with President Obama, who took unprecedented actions in the past four years to protect our air and produce clean energy jobs.

“There’s more good news. From Massachusetts to Ohio, from Virginia and Indiana to Missouri, from  Wisconsin and New Mexico, champions of clean air and public health will be at the battle stations in the United States Senate next year–not only to promote smart policies that move America forward but also to fight any efforts by extremists in the House to continue its reckless assault on our health and the environment.”

“Now it’s time to take decisive action to create the clean energy future that will address climate change — an urgent need amplified by Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. 

“And the new Congress should join the president in addressing that urgent threat. This will require the Republican leadership to abandon its allegiance to Tea Party extremists who are woefully out of step with the American public, as shown by survey after survey–and now by the election returns.

“Here’s another lesson from Campaign 2012: Money can’t buy you love. The pollution industry spent hundreds of millions of dollars to influence this election, yet emerged with little to show for its efforts. That’s because voters always reject an agenda that puts polluter profits first and leaves the rest of us at risk.

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The NRDC Action Fund’s mission is to achieve the passage of legislation that jump-starts the clean energy economy, reduces pollution, and sustains vibrant communities for all Americans. Now is the time for leadership and action from our elected officials — our current goal is a comprehensive clean energy policy that will repower our economy and fuel our future.

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