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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



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



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



Carter Roberts, President and CEO

World Wildlife Fund


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