For years, those of us with a passion for protecting clean air, clean water and open space have made the case that investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy would be good for both the environment and the economy.
In a speech yesterday, President-elect Obama reiterated his commitment to a green recovery plan packed with job creation in a number of green industries. Click here for the full story. It's great to see that Obama's leading the way, but now it's important to get Congress behind Obama's green economic recovery plan.
Environment America wants Congress to hear from people who already understand the importance of the clean energy economy - people who work in green jobs. If you or someone you know has a green job, you are in a unique position to influence Congress's decision. Click here to send congress a message. You can use our sample letter or make your own message.
As you know there are tremendous victories to report up and down the ballot.
Time to get right to work to ensure that President-elect Barack Obama and the incoming members of the new Congress tackle the pressing environmental issues facing our state and the nation.
But first, here's an opportunity to congratulate the candidates who won and applaud their commitment to the environment.
Environment America endorsed 29 candidates for Congress and Sen. Barack Obama for president and is excited to announce that, so far, 25 environmental champions were victorious on Election Day, giving us an enormous head start on our agenda for 2009. (The other four races are still too close to call.)
Join us in sending them a note of congratulations for their Election Day victory and to applaud their environmental leadership.
Environment America released an analysis today documenting that, from clean up or disclosure of toxic waste to drinking water standards, Sen. John McCain has too often taken the side of polluters in opposing stronger protections for our waterways.
In a well written piece, the LA Times seriously addressed the future of energy in America and some of the problems with the proposed energy policies of both candidates. In particular, however, they harshly criticize John McCain. They begin by pointing out the obvious problems with "Drill, Baby, Drill" but then they delve into the heart of Sen. McCain's energy policy: his Nuclear Plans.
Sen. McCain's Nuclear Plan: An Economic and Environmental Disaster
Sen. John McCain has repeatedly called for building 45 new nuclear reactors by 2030, with the ultimate goal of 100 new plants. The plan would be extremely costly to taxpayers, presents significant risk for the economy and the public, and does little to solve America’s energy problems.
McCain’s radical expansion of nuclear power would have major consequences for America that his campaign has either not disclosed or not considered, even though nuclear power is constantly referenced as one of the centerpieces of the McCain energy policy.
America faces big transportation challenges, with congestion, pollution and the high cost of gas threatening American drivers and our environment. At a time when Americans have been looking for leadership, however, Sen. John McCain has too often been absent from the scene. Also, time and again, Sen. McCain has sided with Big Oil against the interests of American citizens.
This week Environment America, a federation of state based environmental advocacy groups, released two reports detailing Sen. John McCain's history and ties to Big Oil and his record on transportation. Their summaries follow:
In the last few days, 10,000 of us have urged our representatives and senators in Congress to say no to new offshore drilling, no to putting our beautiful coasts at risk of devastating spills, and no to the false hope of a quick-and-dirty fix to our energy problems. That's a fantastic accomplishment in such a short time.
But frankly, we need to do more to make ourselves heard over the din of "drill, baby, drill" -- especially when Big Oil's propaganda machine can so easily amplify their call on Capitol Hill.