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Countdown to Earth Day Revolution Kicks-Off at U.S. Capitol

Nearly 50 leaders sign "Declaration" calling for Senate action on clean energy

WASHINGTON, DC - With 40 days until Earth Day 2010, leaders from the environmental community and others signed a "Declaration" calling on the U.S. Senate to take swift action on clean energy and climate. Forty years after the first Earth Day, these leaders urged the Senate to stop stalling and start acting on clean energy and climate solutions for America.


"The first Earth Day was a success because 20 million Americans demonstrated an urgent need for environmental protection and action," said Kathleen Rogers, President, Earth Day Network. "Together, we can make the 40th anniversary of Earth Day a pivotal moment in the environmental movement. We will use the next 40 days to build momentum around a demand for comprehensive climate legislation and culminate our charge to Congress with The Climate Rally on April 25."


By paving the way for America to build a clean energy economy, Congress will take meaningful action in the spirit of Earth Day to protect the environment, create jobs and enhance America's national security.


"For too long Big Oil and their special interest allies have stood in the way of a clean energy revolution. It's time for lawmakers to listen to the millions of citizens who will recognize this Earth Day by demanding the Senate gets working to pass comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation," said Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters. "We need more Clean Energy Patriots this year. We need an Earth Day Revolution, not just another celebration."


The declaration demands that the Senate to act on clean energy and climate change and it asks: "We have a question for members of the US Senate: Whose side are you on - Big oil and their lobbyists or the Clean Energy Patriots?"


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The following groups have signed the Earth Day Declaration:

1Sky, Audubon, American Hunters and Shooters, American Rivers, American Values Network, Campus Progress, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Clean Water Action, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Climate Protection Action Fund, Climate Solutions, Defenders of Wildlife, Democracia Ahora, Earth Day Network, Environment America, Environmental Defense Action Fund, Environmental Law and Policy Center, Green for All, Hip Hop Caucus, Interfaith Power and Ligh,t La Onda Verde, League of Conservation Voters, National Catholic Rural Life Conference, National Wildlife Federation, NWF Campus, Ecology Natural, Resources Defense Council Action Fund, Oceana, Operation Free, Rock the Vote, Sierra Club Southern Alliance for Clean Energy,  Southern Energy Network, StudentPIRGs, SustainUS ,Truman National Security Project, Union of Concerned Scientists, Veterans for Common Sense, Voces Verdes, World Wildlife Fund, The Wilderness Society


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