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Environment Groups 'Relieved' by President's Re-election



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, November 19, 2012

Kathryn Phillips of Sierra Club California says watching the returns come in on election night was tense.

PHILLIPS: "It was a scary time for the environment, frankly, and I think all of us are breathing a very deep sigh of relief."

Sierra Club California endorsed President Obama.  Phillips says Mr. Obama's re-election means the opportunity to move forward on alternative energy projects and tackling climate change.    

PHILLIPS: "One of the things Obama did was to adopt California's clean car standards, essentially, which is one reason we're going to be seeing 54 mile-per-gallon cars in the future, on average."

The California League of Conservation Voters also endorsed President Obama.

ALLGOOD: "It was interesting to me that it was an election that the words 'climate change' or 'global warming' were barely spoken," says David Allgood. "But I did note the president in his victory speech clearly knows it's a problem and mentioned it and that's very hopeful."

Jay Ziegler with the Nature Conservancy agrees.  And he says an Obama presidency also bodes well for the continuation of many California land and water management projects.  He points to a desert habitat plan California and federal agencies are working on:

ZIEGLER: "Is a way to balance development of renewable energy in the desert, with protection for what is really one of our most fragile ecosystems in the Mojave."

Ziegler says even though environmental issues were never front burner in the campaign, another four years will provide important continuity for environmental initiatives just getting started.

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