Politics Published: Sep 1, 2010 - 5:59 AM


Sierra Club endorses Richard Blumenthal for the U.S. Senate

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The Connecticut Chapter of the Sierra Club, in conjunction with the national Sierra Club, announces its endorsement of candidate Richard Blumenthal for election as U.S. senator from Connecticut.

“Richard Blumenthal’s experience, values, integrity, energy, and dedication as the state’s Attorney General have been instrumental in creating strong environment protections for the state. Connecticut is a cleaner, healthier and more desirable place to live and work due to his diligence and efforts” said Martin Mador, Political Co-Chair of the Sierra Club’s Connecticut Chapter. “His role in enforcement of state law and as an advocate in the legislative and administrative arenas for strong protections has substantially improved the quality of life here.”

“Richard Blumenthal has worked with unfailing determination to protect the environmental quality of Connecticut. He has pledged to continue to be a vocal and strong proponent of our environment”, said John Blake, Connecticut Sierra Chapter Chair. “We trust he will be a strong advocate for rebuilding America’s economy and creating jobs by promoting clean energy technologies, saving Americans money through energy efficiency projects, promoting smart land use policies, restoring water protections eroded by the courts, and reducing pollution. He strongly supports assisting US industry as we move away from fossil fuels and towards a clean energy economy. We expect that his environmental values will inform his future work as a Senator as strongly as they have his past work as the state’s Attorney General.”

“I have stood strong, with the Sierra Club and other environmental advocates, against powerful special interests and even the federal government when their actions or inaction have threatened Connecticut’s environment and precious natural resources,” said Blumenthal. “I thank the Sierra Club for their dedication to upholding high environmental standards and for their endorsement of my candidacy. In the Senate I will work to create clean energy jobs and fight just as tirelessly and tenaciously as I have as Attorney General to preserve and protect our environment.”

According to Wende Harper, Political Co-Chair, “Richard Blumenthal, in his position as Attorney General, has vigorously advocated for these protections. He has given notice to potential polluters, enforced the laws appropriately when violations occurred, and asked the courts to impose penalties when appropriate both to recover the costs of remediation and to serve as a deterrent to future violations. He has worked effectively with representatives of other states to require compliance with federal laws and regulations on issues which affect Connecticut.”

Background

The Sierra Club recognizes the need for a strong and healthy economy. Sierra believes that not only can this happen concurrently with preservation of high environmental standards, but that achieving those standards will actually help to promote job creation and a thriving economy. Private profits derived at the expense of environmental health do not add to a strong economy; they detract from it. Strong, effective, and fairly enforced regulations provide what businesses say they need most: certainty and predictability.

The Sierra Club believes corporations have an obligation to adhere to the highest standards of environmental responsibility. Pollution created as a result of any business process must be the financial responsibility of the business. Both federal and state law over the past 40 years have adopted this philosophy. Corporate adherence to sound business practices and strong environmental standards are both necessary to a strong economy and a clean, healthy, and safe world in which to live and work.

The Sierra Club, founded in 1892, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization. Its one million members, volunteers and professional staff promote strong environmental standards through grassroots action, legislation, litigation, and political advocacy. The Sierra Club works to elect candidates who will enact pro-environmental initiatives and whose leadership will help to protect our communities and natural surroundings.

The Sierra Club recognizes these areas in which Mr. Blumenthal has exercised his statutory responsibilities as Attorney General of the state to protect our environment.

-Long Island Sound
-opposition to the Broadwater floating liquefied natural gas plant which was instrumental in the project’s defeat
-opposition to the Islander East pipeline, which would have caused significant damage to the Long Island sound seafloor
-Air quality
-insisted on new source review requirements for air protection upgrades for midwest power plants to protect out air quality
-challenges to the proposed St. Lawrence cement plant, which would emit significant amounts of toxins into the air
-challenge to EPA to allow states to more effectively regulate motor vehicle emissions through fuel efficiency
-challenge to the federal government to more appropriately limit atmospheric ozone
-lawsuit against emissions testing facility which failed to properly inspect vehicles’ emissions
-multi state lawsuit to prevent illegal mercury air discharges from power plants
-Global Warming
Recognition of CO as a pollutant causing global warming
-Open space
efforts to protect the Preserve in Old Saybrook, an irreplaceable old growth forest challenge to illegal timber clear cutting activities
-lawsuit over illegal forest clear cutting to maximize billboard visibility
-lawsuit to prevent development on land permanent protected by a state conservation easement
-Toxics and Biohazards
-challenge to environmental impact statement endorsing Plum Island for use as a bio lab
-numerous lawsuits to prevent toxic hazardous wastes at illegal dump sites and to require legal sites and landfills to handle wastes appropriately
-lawsuit to close a massive illegal tire dump site contaminating a nearby river
-lawsuit to require labelling of ingredients on pesticide bags
-petition to the EPA to limit pesticides in children’s foods
-efforts to require manufacturers to properly dispose of toys containing lead
-settlement to settle kerosene contamination of wetlands and residential areas
-lawsuit to stop illegal and harmful mercury discharges from plant
-Animals
-crackdown on animal abuse and illegal animal fighting
-efforts to prevent the federal government from weakening Endangered Species Act wildlife protections
-Corporate Pollution
-lawsuit for violations of stormwater and waste management laws
-lawsuit for release of toxics to river adjacent to factory
-settlement to stop use and release of toxic cleaning products by commercial laundry
-Clean Energy
-finding that state dedicated clean energy funding cannot be diverted to other uses
-Nuclear Power
- efforts to ensure older nuclear power plants meet current safety and siting rules when they renew their licenses
-efforts to ensure appropriate storage of nuclear waste
-Right to Know
-efforts to oppose EPA limits on public release of information on release of toxics




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