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Wednesday, March 26, 2008   

Minneapolis, MN – There will be "clean" elections this year, at least when it comes to energy issues. The “Power2Change Campaign” being launched today in Minnesota and eight other states calls on candidates to make a commitment to support clean, renewable energy, and to cut back on the use of fossil fuels like coal and oil. The campaign is designed to get candidates on the record stating their priorities and solutions.

Minnesota state organizer Margaret Levin says there's a lot at stake.

"We can either move forward to a clean energy economy that creates jobs, saves consumers money and solves global warming, or we can continue the expensive, polluting policies of the past."

Levin believes energy is a key factor in our environment, economy and international relations.

"We'll be working nationally and locally to get the message out, defining the contrast between the competing visions of our energy future. We'll talk about clean energy as an economic driver, and underscore how important it is for our leaders to move America in a new direction, toward a new clean-energy economy."

Former State Sen. John Hottinger (DFL-Mankato), a campaign supporter and board member of Minnesota Sierra Club, says one motivation for the effort is the need to act on global warming.

"This is an opportunity to grow our economy in a way that takes advantage of clean-energy jobs, something that Minnesota has been very interested in. It's a way to make sure our environment, which we have spent a lot of time and effort making a good one, stays that way. It's a way for Minnesotans to define the choice we're going to make, define the future we're going to have, when it comes to energy and pollution."

Hottinger, like Levin, believes it's important for voters to know which candidates support policies that promote clean energy and which favor the status quo.

The campaign is being announced at noon today at Minneapolis City Hall. Other states participating are Colorado, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia and Wisconsin.

More information is available at the Sierra Club website,

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