Sierra Club endorses President Barack Obama for leadership on environmental issues

TRENTON – The Sierra Club, one of the largest environmental groups in the country, said on Wednesday it will endorse President Barack Obama in the Nov. 6 election.

Of all the presidential candidates, Obama, the club said, is the best on environmental issues, having proposed “landmark rules” and having appointed Lisa Jackson to head the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

“With the election that is coming up the choice is clear between President Obama who has a proven record protecting the environment to those who want to dismantle 40 years of environmental protection,” Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, said in a statement. “We need a president that will stand up to protect our public lands and against dirty coal versus those that would give away our public land and are in the pocket of the coal companies.

“Never has there been a clearer choice or a more important time to endorse President Obama who will protect our public health and safety, and our environment.”

The club pointed out some of the policies Obama has unveiled recently, such as a proposal to limiting the amount of greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide, from new power plants, and a goal to improve gas mileage to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

Tittlel particularly complimented Jackson for her leadership on proposing regulations to reduce air pollution.

“As head of the EPA Lisa Jackson has been protecting our health and the environment by going after polluters and mountain top miners. We want Lisa Jackson to stay in the EPA because not only is she a friend in New Jersey, but an environmental hero,” Tittel said.

The new gas mileage standards will help save 4 billion barrels of oil over the lives of the vehicles sold in the nine years of standards, the club said.

It added that the policies will help improve the quality of life for all residents.

“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,” Sierra Club Executive Director  Michael Brune said.

“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.”

Sierra Club endorses President Barack Obama for leadership on environmental issues