Martha Coakley today received the endorsements of the Massachusetts Chapter Sierra Club and Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters (MLEV). Coakley also renewed her call for energy reforms that balance meeting our consumption needs with protecting our environment.
"Martha Coakley is the best candidate to directly confront the environmental challenges before us," said Phil Sego, Political Chair of the Massachusetts Chapter Sierra Club. "Martha will provide the kind of leadership necessary to reduce the threat of global climate change, improve public transit, and protect our air and water quality. There is no shortage of challenges before the Senate and the nation, but there are solutions. We look forward to working with Martha to implement those solutions."
"The Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters is proud to endorse Martha Coakley, a public servant who has fought polluters and the Bush Administration to protect our health and environment," said MLEV Executive Director Lora Wondolowski. "We are at a critical juncture and need leaders in the U.S. Senate who will prioritize investments in green energy and take the steps necessary to combat global warming. Martha Coakley is one of those leaders. She understands the need to leave our children a healthier world, and we look forward to working with Martha to realize that goal."
"The environmental challenges we face bring with them an historic opportunity to find solutions that also create good jobs and strengthen our economy," said Michael Monahan, Business Manager for IBEW Local 103. "By investing in green technologies and making our buildings, appliances, and automobiles more energy efficient, we can create many thousands of jobs. Martha Coakley is the only candidate in this race who understands this, and we look forward to working with her as our next U.S. Senator."
"I am honored to have the endorsements of these accomplished organizations that have done so much to protect our environment for future generations," said Coakley. "I recognize climate change as one of the most pressing moral issues of our time. Our planet is in trouble and we no longer have the luxury of time when it comes to seeking solutions. Fortunately, by investing in green jobs and green technologies, we can take steps that benefit both our environment and our economy."
Coakley has the strongest record of the candidates for U.S. Senate when it comes to promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy. As Attorney General, Coakley helped establish the most aggressive energy efficiency goals in the nation, which will generate expected savings for consumers of over $4 billion. Coakley also pushed utilities to enter into long-term renewable energy contracts and to develop renewable power.
Last month, Coakley released her comprehensive energy plan, which laid out key reforms including: implementing a national cap-and-trade program to significantly curtail greenhouse gas emissions and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil; expanding the use of renewable energy and establishing a National Renewable Portfolio Standard; and, encouraging cleaner transportation through investments in improved public transit and the extension of tax incentives for the purchase of hybrid and plug-in vehicles.
The Sierra Club has 26,000 members in Massachusetts, and more than 700,000 members nationwide, dedicated to the protection of the Earth's natural environment. The Sierra Club actively works to endorse and promote pro-environment candidates. The Massachusetts Chapter is active on a myriad of issues statewide, from promoting recycling and energy conservation to increasing public transit and protecting public lands
The Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters (MLEV) works to elect pro-environment candidates in Massachusetts, pass a pro-environment legislative agenda, and educate voters on important environmental issues. MLEV also compiles and publishes the Massachusetts Environmental Scorecard, a non-partisan, objective guide on how each legislator voted on a wide range of environmental issues during each regular session of the Massachusetts State Legislature.
Coakley became Massachusetts' first female Attorney General in January 2007. Since then, she has established herself as a leader on a variety of issues affecting Massachusetts residents, including addressing the foreclosure crisis that has plagued so many families. She has a proven track record of taking on Wall Street and protecting consumers, recovering record settlements in enforcement actions from companies such as Goldman Sachs and Fremont Investment and Loan for violating consumer protection laws. As part of her Cyber Crime Initiative, Coakley revolutionized the tools available to prosecutors for fighting crime in the 21st century, ensuring that Massachusetts is on the cutting edge of public safety.
Coakley, 56, was raised in North Adams. She is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, MA, where she was a member of the first class admitted to the college that included female students. She received her law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1979. Coakley resides in Medford with her husband, Thomas F. O'Connor, a retired police Deputy Superintendent.