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Enviro-Mich message from "Anne M. Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>
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For Immediate Release:
July 6, 2004

Contact:
David Willett, 202-675-6698

        Edwards Praised by Sierra Club for Environmental Leadership

Washington, DC:  John Edwards is a leader on protecting Americans'
health
and safety.   In a 2003 Earth Day release Edwards stated, "our country
needs real leadership on many critical issues: safeguarding the water
our
children drink, preserving our national parks and forests, and achieving
energy independence while addressing dangerous climate changes are just
a
few."  In the Senate, Edwards has built a strong record on these and
other
environmental issues:

* In 2003, Edwards led the Senate in protecting clean air by countering
the
Bush Administration's attempts to weaken the Clean Air Act (S20030012).
* He voted to increase funding for environmental programs and
enforcement
funding (S20030096).
* Edwards is a co-sponsor of the Clean Power Act, designed to require
utilities to control multiple pollutants - carbon dioxide, mercury,
sulfur
dioxide, and nitrogen oxides.
* Senator Edwards has consistently voted to protect the Arctic Refuge
and
to defend America's public lands, national monuments, and coastal areas
from damaging oil and gas drilling (S20020071, S20000058, S20010229,
S20010231).
* In 2000, Edwards supported an amendment to the Agriculture
appropriations
bill to increase protections for public lands from the toxic pollution
that
results from mining operations (S20000224).
* Senator Edwards supported the Clinton Administration's Roadless Rule
and
took votes to reduce harmful subsidies for commercial logging, to reduce
overgrazing on public lands, and against weakening public lands
protections
in 2000 and 2001 (S20000207, S20000175, S20000208).
* Edwards voted in 2001 to prevent the weakening of Endangered Species
Act
protections for salmon and other threatened fish species in California's
Klamath Basin (S20010232) and voted in 1999 to increase funding for
Forest
Service fish and wildlife programs.
* In 2000, he supported an amendment to the Energy and Water
Appropriations
bill to improve water flows and wildlife habitat on the Missouri River
(S20000232).

"At a time that the Bush Administration has made unprecedented attacks
on
environmental protections, Senator Edwards consistently stands up to
preserve and strengthen the laws that keep Americans' air, water and
public
land clean and safe," said Debbie Sease, Sierra Club's Legislative
Director.  "John Edwards will make an excellent Vice President."


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David Willett
Deputy Press Secretary
Sierra Club
(202) 675-6698
david.willett@sierraclub.org
www.sierraclub.org





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