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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sierra Club to Endorse Obama


The country’s largest grassroots environmental advocacy group, the Sierra Club, plans to throw its support behind Senator Barack Obama....

Carl Pope, the executive director of the 1.3 million member group, will announce the endorsement at a joint press conference with the United Steelworkers union in Cleveland. The two organizations are part of a Blue-Green Alliance working to create American jobs and a greener economy.

In an interview, Mr. Pope said that Senator Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, supports the “strongest set of positions that any candidate has ever offered” on the environment.

Mr. Obama favors a cap and trade system aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the United States to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. He has also called for 25 percent of electricity to come from renewable energy sources by 2025.

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