For Immediate Release –June 25, 2013
Lane Boldman, Publicity Chair, Ky Sierra Club: 859-552-1173
Sherry Otto, State Coordinator, Kentucky Sierra Club: email@example.com
Thomas Pearce, Ky Beyond Coal Organizer, Sierra Club: 502-614-7114
Sierra Club Cumberland Chapter Statement on
President Obama’s Climate Plan
Washington, D.C. – Today President Barack Obama announced his administration’s next steps for building a legacy of action to fight the climate crisis. The plan includes new energy efficiency standards for federal buildings and appliances, scales up responsible clean energy production on public lands with an ambitious new commitment to power 6 million homes by 2020, and uses the full authority of the Clean Air Act to cut dangerous carbon pollution from power plants.
Sierra Club Cumberland Chapter Chair, Alice Howell,
released the following statement in response:
“This is the change many Kentuckians have been awaiting on climate.
“President Obama is finally putting action behind his words, which is exactly what the Sierra Club, our 2.1 million members and supporters, and coalition partners have worked mightily to achieve. Today, we applaud him for taking a giant step forward toward meeting that goal.
“By committing to establish new energy efficiency standards for federal buildings and appliances, scale up responsible clean energy production on public lands with an ambitious new goal to power 6 million homes by 2020, and use the full authority of the Clean Air Act to cut dangerous carbon pollution from power plants, the President is stepping up to reduce the climate-disrupting pollution that is destabilizing our climate while threatening our economy and endangering our communities and families with extreme weather and dramatic sea level increases.
“We need to recognize that it is time to work toward a clean energy future that moves beyond our long history as a coal state. Mountaintop mining has significantly damaged our land and streams. Air pollution from the burning of coal has compromised the health and safety of our citizens. Kentucky can help to address climate change and move the state to a healthier and more economically sustainable future. The President’s plan gives us hope that he will cement his climate legacy and protect future generations by halting mountaintop removal, ending destructive oil drilling in the Arctic, rejecting dangerous nukes, abandoning dirty fossil fuels in favor of clean energy – and by making the critically important decision to reject the dirty and dangerous Keystone XL pipeline.”