WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, four of the nation’s largest environmental groups representing nearly 4 million Americans endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election. Jointly announcing their endorsement for the first time in history, the Sierra Club, Environment America, the League of Conservation Voters, and Clean Water Action praised the President as the clear choice to protect clean air, clean water, and the health of American families.
“The Sierra Club and our 1.4 million members and supporters share the same vision for America as the President for a prosperous and innovative economy that protects the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the health of our families,” said Executive Director Michael Brune. “Together, we can build upon the historic successes of the last four years, including landmark fuel efficiency standards and the first-ever protections against toxic mercury pollution, to build a clean energy economy that creates thousands of new jobs and works for every American.”
“When we look at the record, we see that in just three plus years President Obama has accomplished more for the environment and our families’ health than at any point since the benchmark laws to protect our air and water were passed more than 40 years ago,” said Margie Alt, executive director of Environment America. “Four years ago we had hope, now we have evidence that Barack Obama is the right choice for the environment.”
“Elections are about choices – and for those who care about building a clean energy economy and confronting the climate crisis, the choice is clear: President Obama is an environmental champion and Mitt Romney is climate denier,” said Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters. “While President Obama has fought to put Americans back in control of our energy future, Mitt Romney and his Big Oil buddies would take us back to the failed dirty energy policies of the past.”
“This election, we can either continue moving forward to build a future of clean water and clean jobs, or we can go back forty years to a time when rivers caught on fire and the air in most cities was unhealthy to breathe,” said Bob Wendelgass, president and CEO of Clean Water Action. “Like President Obama, Clean Water Action and most Americans understand that strong environmental protections are essential ingredients for both healthy communities and a healthy economy.”