Chicago, IL -- Tonight, in the face of unprecedented
spending by big polluters to defeat him, President Barack Obama won
In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune issued the following statement:
“We did it. Despite the hundreds of millions of dollars the fossil fuel industry dumped into this election to elect Mitt Romney, we proved that corporations are, in fact, not people.
“There was only one candidate in this race who doubled down on our nation’s clean energy economy. There was only one candidate who consistently fought to hold oil and coal companies accountable and only one candidate who stood up for landmark protections to keep toxins out of our air and water. And there was only one candidate who took historic steps to mitigate the climate crisis. Because of those positions, President Obama faced an unprecedented assault from deep-pocketed oil and coal execs who inundated the airwaves with millions of dollars in attack ads.
“During his first term, President Obama articulated a vision of America leading the world with a clean energy future that meets the challenge of climate disruption head-on. Today, American voters chose to give President Obama both an opportunity and a challenge of huge proportions. And the President now has four more years to put American solidly on the path to this future.
“Congratulations Mr. President. It's been a long, hard fight to reach this day. Now, let's move forward on the challenges -- and the opportunities -- this election has made possible.”