December 14, 2009

Young Elected Officials Call for Obama to Secure Clean Energy Economy

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Young Americans in Copenhagen press for energy action now

COPENHAGEN – On the first day of the critical week of United Nations climate negotiations, young elected officials in Copenhagen and in the United States called on President Obama and Congress to secure a strong agreement that will grow clean energy jobs and address climate change.

Five young elected officials presented the statement (printed below) to the United States delegation in Copenhagen on Monday in advance of President Obama’s address all UN delegates on Friday, December 18. “Our message to President Obama and Congress is simple,” said Andy Katz, Director of the East Bay Municipal Utility District in California, and the Chair of Sierra Club California. “Revitalize our economy with clean energy jobs. Young Americans have the most at stake – and the highest price – if we fail to solve the climate and clean energy crisis.”

The statement attracted support from over 95 young elected city council members, mayors, and state representatives from 30 states. “While the rest of the economy is struggling, clean energy jobs are a real bright spot,” said Rep. Jeremy Kalin (North Branch, MN), chair of CLEAN, the Coalition of Legislators for Energy Action Now working with the White House and the United States Senate.

“Action in Copenhagen and in Congress is critical to scale up the job opportunities.” “Our dependence on oil is a serious threat to America’s national security, which is why both young people and veterans have called on making America more secure by taking control of our energy future,” said Rep. Alex Cornell du Houx (Brunswick, ME), an Iraq war veteran in Copenhagen with the Truman National Security Project. “The world is looking to the United States to lead again on climate solutions,” said Representative Kate Knuth (New Brighton, MN), attending the conference as a policy mentor to a youth delegation from the Will Steger Foundation. “America cannot afford to be on the sidelines of the new, clean energy economy,” said Deputy Town Supervsior Dominic Frongillo (Caroline, NY). “Congress and President Obama can help regain our competitiveness and ensure the most advanced wind turbines, solar panels, and electric cars say ‘Made in America.’”

The statement presented to the United States delegation reads as follows:
 

 

“We, young elected officials of the United States, believe freedom, independence, and self sufficiency are at the heart of America, and should be at the heart of our strategy for energy independence in the 21st Century. As elected representatives with a personal stake in our future, we believe it’s time for a bold, new vision for America’s future. We call on Congress to start investing in new, safe energy technologies like wind and solar power that will rebuild our manufacturing base, create jobs, and grow our economy. We need to put millions of Americans back to work refitting our homes and buildings for energy efficiency with jobs that can’t be shipped overseas. The United States can lead once again by forging a bold, binding, and just agreement in Copenhagen that will secure a safe and abundant world for future generations of Americans.”

Alex Du Houx, 26, is a Maine State Representative and an Iraq war veteran

Dominic Frongillo, 26, is a Councilmember in the Town of Caroline, New York

Jeremy Kalin, 34, is a Minnesota State Representative

Andy Katz, 29, is a Director of the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland, California

Kate Knuth, 26, is a Minnesota State Representative

Signers Include:
ALAN BROCK      COUNTY COMMISSION       CRAWFORDVILLE, FL
ALEX CORNELL DU HOUX    STATE LEGISLATURE       BRUNSWICK, ME
ALISHA BELL     COUNTY COMMISSIONER     DETROIT, MI
ANDERS IBSEN    CONSERVATION DISTRICT SUPERVISOR        TACOMA, WA
ANDREW GILLUM   VICE MAYOR      TALLAHASSEE, FL
ANDY KATZ       DIRECTOR, EAST BAY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DIST       BERKELEY, CA
ANGELA GARRETSON        CITY COUNCILOR  HILLSIDE, NJ
ANTON GUNN      STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES  COLUMBIA, SC
ASHLEY BELL     VICE CHAIR OF COUNTY COMMISSION GAINSVILLE, GA
BEN ALLEN       SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER     SANTA MONICA AND MALIBU, CA
BETSY HANDS     STATE REPRESENTATIVE    MISSOULA, MT
BRIAN ROWLAND   CITY COUNCIL MEMBER     PRAIRIE VIEW, TX
CARA JENNINGS   CITY COMMISSION LAKE WORTH, FL
CARL SCIORTINO  STATE REPRESENTATIVE    MEDFORD, MA
CARMELO GARCIA  PRESIDENT, HOBOKEN BOARD OF EDUCATION   HOBOKEN, NJ
CHRIS CARTER    STATE REPRESENTATIVE    JEFFERSON CITY, MO
CHRISTOPHER FLYNN       CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF SELECTMEN    BRIDGEWATER, MA
DANIELLE ADAMS  SOIL AND WATER SUPERVISOR       DURHAM, NC
DARRELL GASTON  ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISIONER       WASHINGTON, DC
DAVE WOODWARD   OAKLAND COUNTY COMMISSIONER     ROYAL OAK, MI
DAYVIN HALLMON  KENOSHA COUNTY BOARD SUPERVISOR KENOSHA, WI
DELIA GARCIA    STATE REPRESENTATIVE    WICHITA, KS
DOMINIC FRONGILLO       COUNCILMEMBER, DEPUTY TOWN SUPERVISOR   CAROLINE, NY
DON CALLOWAY    STATE REPRESENTATIVE    ST. LOUIS, MO
DYLAN RACE      COUNCILMEMBER-ELECT     DANBY, NY
ELAHU GOSNEY    CITY COUNCILMEMBER      ATHENS, OH
ELESHA GAYMAN   STATE REPRESENTAITVE, ASSISTANT MAJORITY LEADER DAVENPORT, IA
EVAN LOW        VICE MAYOR      CAMPBELL, CA
EZRA TEMKO      CITY COUNCILMAN NEWARK, DE
FAITH WINTER    CITY COUNCILOR  WESTMINTER, CO
GARTH CORRIVEAU ALDERMAN-ELECT  MANCHESTER, NH
HENRY DAVIS     CITY COUNCILMAN SOUTH BEND 2ND DISTRICT, IN
JACQUE ROBINSON COUNCILMEMBER   PASADENA, CA
JAMES SKOUFIS   WOODBURY TOWN COUNCILMAN        WOODBURY, NY
JAMIE ELDRIDGE  STATE SENATOR   ACTON, MA
JANE KIM        SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER     SAN FRANCISO, CA
JASON ROJAS     STATE REPRESENTATIVE    EAST HARTFORD, CT
JAY CHEN        SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER     HACIENDA HEIGHTS, CA
JEFF THIGPEN    GUILFORD COUNTY REGISTER OF DEEDS       GREENSBORO, NC
JEREMY KALIN    STATE REPRESENTATIVE    NORTH BRANCH, MN
JESSE MERMELL   SELECTMAN       BROOKLINE, MA
JOE CARN        VICE MAYOR      COLLEGE PARK, GA
JOHANNA NELSON  CITY COUNCILPERSON      ALPINE, TX
KACIE STARR TRIPLETT    ALDERMAN        ST. LOUIS, MO
KAREN LIOT HILL CITY COUNCILOR  LEBANON, NH
KATE KNUTH      STATE REPRESENTATIVE    NEW BRIGHTON, MN
KEITH ROSSO     BOARD OF EDUCATION TRUSTEE      SADDLE BROOK, NJ
KELDA ROYS      STATE REPRESENTATIVE    MADISON, WI
KENDALL VAN DYK STATE REPRESENTATIVE    BILLINGS, MT
KENT SCHLOSSER  CITIZENS COUNCIL MEMBER HELENA, MT
KESHA RAM       STATE REPRESENTATIVE    BURLINGTON, VT
KEVIN HODGES    STATE REPRESENTATIVE    HILLSBOROUGH, NH
KEVIN KILLER    STATE REPRESENTATIVE    PINE RIDGE, SD
KHAATIM SHERRER EL      ATLANTA BOARD OF EDUCATION      ATLANTA, GA
KYRSTEN SINEMA  HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE    PHOENIX, AZ
LAKETA COLE     COUNCILMEMBER, PRESIDENT PRO TEM        CINCINNATI, OH
LAMAR HEYSTEK   COUNCILMEMBER   DAVIS, CA
M. JANET CHIN   VICE PRESIDENT, BOARD OF EDUCATION      GARVEY SCHOOL
DISTRICT, CA
MAE FLEXER      STATE REPRESENTATIVE    DANIELSON, CT
MARISOL CRUZ    BOARD MEMBER    LENNOX, CA
MARK FALZONE    STATE REPRESENTATIVE    9th ESSEX DISTRICT, MA
MATT HEINZ      HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE    TUCSON, AZ
MATT LESSER     STATE REPRESENTATIVE    MIDDLETOWN, NY
MATTHEW ELSAESSER       CITY COMMISSIONER       HELENA, MT
MEGAN ENGLAND   COUNCILMEMBER   ROELAND PARK, KS
MELVIN CARTER   CITY COUNCILOR  ST. PAUL, MN
MICHAEL J MAKARSKI      BOARD OF EDUCATION TRUSTEE      SECAUCUS, NJ
MICHAEL MATURO  COUNCILMAN      ORANGETOWN, NY
MICHAEL SELLERS MAYOR   COBLESKILL, NY
MICHELE REINHART        HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE    MISSOULA, MT
MIKE GIPSON     CITY COUNCIL MEMBER     CARSON, CA
MONISHA MERCHANT        UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO REGENT   LAKEWOOD, CO
NATHAN SHINAGAWA        COUNTY LEGISLATOR       TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY
NATHAN SMALL    CITY COUNCILOR  LAS CRUCES, NM
NEVADA LITTLEWOLF       CITY COUNCILOR  VIRGINIA, MN
NICKOLAS LEVASSEUR      STATE REPRESENTATIVE    MANCHESTER, NH
OSCAR BRAYNON, II       STATE REPRESENTATIVE    MIAMI GARDENS, FL
PATRICK ARNOLD  ALDERMAN        MANCHESTER, NH
PAUL LOPEZ      CITY COUNCILMAN DENVER, CO
QUINTEALIA CATO CITY COUNCIL, MAYOR PRO TEM     MIDWAY, FL
RASHAD TAYLOR   STATE REPRESENTATIVE    ATLANTA, GA
REBEKAH GEWIRTZ ALDERMAN        SOMERVILLE, MA
ROY PAUL        BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBER       MIDDLETOWN, NY
SAMUEL PIERRE   KINGS COUNTY COMMITTEEMAN       BROOKLYN, NY
SARAH ROBERTS   STATE REPRESENTATIVE    ST. CLAIR SHORES, MI
SCOTT KAWASAKI  STATE REPRESENTATIVE    FAIRBANKS, AK
SEAN BECKER     MAYOR-ELECT     BOZEMAN, MT
SEAN GARBALLEY  STATE REPRESENTATIVE    ARLINGTON, MA
SIMEON QUEEN    CITY COUNCILMAN PRAIRIE VIEW, TX
SVANTE MYRICK   CITY COUNCILMEMBER      ITHACA, NY
TISHAURA JONES  STATE REPRESENTATIVE    JEFFERSON CITY, MO
TONY CUNEO      CITY COUNCILOR  DULUTH, MN
TONY MADRIGAL   CITY COUNCILMEMBER      SANTA CRUZ, CA
TONY PAYTON     STATE REPRESENTATIVE    PHILADELPHIA, PA
TRICIA COTHAM   LEGISLATOR      CHARLOTTE, NC

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