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More Than 50 Groups Urge President Obama to Show “Unwavering Leadership” on Clean Energy and Climate Legislation

Washington (April 29, 2010) – More than 50 national organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, sent a letter to President Obama today urging him to continue to demonstrate his leadership for the enactment of clean energy and climate legislation this year. As the Senate continues to get clean energy and climate legislation back on track, the President’s leadership on this issue is critical, according to experts at NRDC.

Following is the text of the letter:

April 29, 2010

Dear Mr. President:

Representing 54 national organizations and millions of Americans, we write to urge you to continue to demonstrate your leadership in support of strong clean energy and climate change legislation this year. Just yesterday, you reiterated your call for comprehensive energy and climate legislation. Now, more than ever, we need your help to make that vision a reality.

This must be the year that the United States passes comprehensive climate and energy legislation into law in order to create jobs, strengthen our national security, and reduce carbon pollution. As a nation, we cannot afford to delay action any longer; we urge you to work closely with Senate leaders to ensure the full Senate takes up a comprehensive energy and climate bill in June.

Special interests have fought energy reform for decades. They have kept America dependent on foreign oil and protected corporations that pollute the air our children breathe and the water they drink. It is long past time to end our reliance on old technology and dirty energy sources and put America back in control of its energy future. Every day that goes by without a comprehensive clean energy and climate policy helps our enemies, hurts our economy, and puts our security at risk.

Without a bipartisan, comprehensive national clean energy and climate policy, America’s businesses are hamstrung and cannot make the investments that will create millions of jobs in the new clean energy sector. Without a comprehensive policy, we cannot achieve the reductions in carbon pollution that are necessary to protect the planet. Without a comprehensive policy, we cannot end the practice of exporting $1 billion a day for foreign oil and will remain at the whim of hostile regimes.

The United States now stands at a critical moment in history at which the decisions made today will have a lasting impact on generations to come. Our leaders face a choice between moving America forward to a new clean energy economy or preserving the failed energy policies of the past. Mr. President, we collectively have a profound responsibility to future generations of Americans to enhance our economic, environmental, and national security. Now is the time to pass a strong comprehensive clean energy and climate bill. America needs your unwavering leadership at this moment to ensure that we achieve this goal yet this year.

Gillian Caldwell, Campaign Director

1 Sky

 

Maggie Fox, President and CEO

Alliance for Climate Protection Action Fund

 

Pamela S. Horwitz, Executive Director

American Corn Growers

 

Rebecca Wodder, President

American Rivers

 

Eric Sapp, Executive Director

American Values Network

 

Chris Van Atten, Executive Director

American Businesses for Clean Energy

 

Jerome Ringo, Board of Directors

Apollo Alliance

 

Dave Foster, Executive Director

Blue Green Alliance

 

John D. Podesta, President and CEO

Center for American Progress Action Fund

 

Daniel Magraw, President

Center for International Environmental Law

 

Mindy S. Lubber, President

Ceres

 

Mike Tidwell, Director

Chesapeake Climate Action Network

 

Jeff Anderson, Executive Director

Clean Economy Network

 

John DeCock, President

Clean Water Action

 

Gregg Small, Executive Director

Climate Solutions

 

Representative Jeremy Kalin, Chair

Coalition of Legislators for Clean Energy Action Now (CLEAN)

 

Sybil Sanchez, Director

Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL)

 

Peter Seligmann, CEO and Chairman of the Board

Conservation International

 

John Kassel, President

Conservation Law Foundation

 

Rodger Schlickeisen, President & CEO

Defenders of Wildlife

 

Trip Van Noppen, President

Earthjustice

 

Margie Alt, Executive Director

Environment America

 

Daniel L. Sosland, Executive Director

ENE (Environment Northeast)

 

Fred Krupp, President

Environmental Defense Fund

 

Howard A. Learner, President

Environmental Law & Policy Center

 

Michael Noble, Executive Director

Fresh Energy

 

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO

Green For All

 

Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, President

Interfaith Power and Light

 

Newton B. Jones, International President

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

 

David Hoskins, Executive Director

Izaak Walton League of America

 

Gene Karpinski, President

League of Conservation Voters

 

Mary G. Wilson, President

League of Women Voters of the United States

 

Sr. Leanne M. Jablonski FMI PhD, Director

Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC)

 

Frank Gill, President

National Audubon Society

 

James Ennis, Executive Director

National Catholic Rural Life Conference

 

Thomas C. Kiernan, President

National Parks Conservation Association

 

Larry Schweiger, President and CEO

National Wildlife Federation

 

Frances Beinecke, President

Natural Resources Defense Council

 

Andrew Sharpless, CEO

Oceana Inc.

 

Jonathan Murray, Campaign Manager

Operation Free

 

Joshua Reichert, Managing Director

Pew Environment Group

 

Keith Laughlin, President

Rails to Trails

 

Rob Sisson, President

Republicans for Environmental Protection

 

Peter Illyn, Executive Director

Restoring Eden

 

Heather Smith, Executive Director

Rock the Vote

 

Anthony D. Cortese, ScD, President

Second Nature, Inc.

 

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Director

The Shalom Center

 

Michael Brune, Executive Director

Sierra Club

 

Sujatha Jahagirdar, Political Director

Student PIRGs

 

Will Rogers, President

The Trust for Public Land

 

Kevin Knobloch, President

Union of Concerned Scientists

 

Rev. Peter Morales, President

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

 

Peter Granato, Vice Chairman

VoteVets.org

 

Carter Roberts, President and CEO

World Wildlife Fund

 


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