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Report Calls for a “Clean” Election Year on Energy Issues

March 26, 2008

Milwaukee, WI – A report released today calls for "clean" elections this year, at least when it comes to energy issues. The Sierra Club report calls on candidates, from the presidential race on down, to make a commitment to support clean, renewable energy, and to cutting back on the use of fossil fuels like coal and oil.

Chris Honecker with the Sierra Club in Wisconsin says turning to clean energy would boost employment while fighting global warming and that air pollution and energy issues should be a key issue in the November elections.

"We have the technology and the know-how and the power to build this clean energy future, but what we've really lacked is the political will and leadership. So we need to challenge all of our elected officials, including the next president, to provide this leadership that we need to move us forward."

The report calls for policies like state and federal standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency, incentives for consumers to use clean energy, and worker training for jobs in the alternative energy industry.

Honecker says clean energy is as much about the economy as it is about the environment. He says relying on oil keeps the nation dependent on fluctuating prices, while turning toward clean energy will create jobs.

"The number of jobs that would be created in if the United States adopted a 20 percent renewable energy standard would be over 35,000 new jobs just in Wisconsin alone. Either we move forward to a clean energy economy that creates jobs, saves consumers money, solves global warming, or we continue the expensive polluting policies of the past."

The report is available online at www.sierraclub.org.

Rob Ferrett/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - WI