In a major boost to his re-election campaign, Barrack Obama has received endorsement from Clean Water Action Fund, Environment America, League of Conservation Voters and Sierra Club for the 2012 election. They see the republicans as being “best buddies with big oil”. They have praised the current president’s work with promoting renewable energy. They have 3 priorities for Obama; clean energy, protection of American waterways and climate change.
In one of the least-shocking political developments of 2012, four major environmental groups simultaneously endorsed President Obama’s reelection bid Wednesday.
President Obama at a campaign fundraiser at the University of Vermont last mon th.The leaders of the Clean Water Action Fund, Environment America, League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club announced in a conference call with reporters that they would turn their members out in force to support Obama this fall.
League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski described the presidential election as ”a clear choice between someone who’s going to be a champion and someone who’s best buddies with Big Oil and climate deniers.”
All four groups endorsed Obama in 2008, but this is the first time they have done it concert. This was the earliest point in the election cycle that three of the groups had ever backed a presidential candidate, though the League of Conservation Voters endorsed Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in January 2004 in his unsuccessful effort to unseat President George W. Bush.
The environmental leaders noted that they did not embrace all of Obama’s policies—the Sierra Club, for example, has questioned the extent to which the administration supports domestic natural gas development—but praised his work on promoting renewable energy and denying a federal permit to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
“Clearly there is a lot of work to do, but this president has made historic progress in breaking our dependence on [fossil fuel] energy,” said Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune.
“It is no surprise that liberal environmental groups support President Obama’s agenda of shutting down energy sources, driving up energy prices, and shoveling billions of taxpayer dollars to their favorite green projects,” said Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “Governor Romney is focused on earning support across the country from Americans who are committed to protecting the environment while promoting instead of stifling economic growth.”
Source: Washington Post