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April 09, 2013

Markey Campaign Built on Climate Action

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Congressman Ed Markey and Sierra Club Volunteer Sheila Loayza in Concord, MA on Saturday

Congressman Ed Markey has been an outspoken and tireless champion on climate and clean energy issues since first being elected to the U.S. House. There, he has lead the charge to hold big polluters responsible for the damage they do to the people and places we care most about, and acted time and time again to pursue climate solutions. That’s why so many excited Sierra Club members stood in support of his U.S. Senate campaign on Saturday at a kick-off rally in Concord, Massachusetts.

Congressman Markey was greeted by loud applause from the crowd of more than 100 at the outdoor event at Nashoba Bakery in Concord. As he addressed the group, among the first people he thanked was Massachusetts Sierra Club Chapter Chair Dan Proctor and the dozens of Sierra Club members that came out to support his campaign.  And the feeling is mutual. His remarks on Saturday - like his campaign and his record - make it easy to see why so many Sierra Club members are fighting to ensure he is the next Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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Congressman Ed Markey in Concord on Saturday (Photo: Diana Bowen)

Ed told the story of growing up in Lawrence, MA as the son of milkman in a poor immigrant family, working to put himself through school when his family was not able to.  He talked about how he went back to the house he grew up in just last year to meet the family now living in that triple-decker, suggesting that though the neighborhood has changed, the children living in that house still have the opportunity to become a U.S. Senator just like he does - if we continue the fight to ensure they have a safe and secure future. To ensure that opportunity remains, Markey spoke passionately about the need to ensure our schools are strong, safe and free from gun violence. And he talked about another issue critically important to our children’s future - the climate crisis.   

“There are no emergency rooms for planets,” said Congressman Markey. And he spoke of the need to pursue a clean energy revolution driven by the same passion found in Concord nearly 240 years before, when Minutemen helped start the American Revolution.

With Congressman Markey’s campaign, Sierra Club members know we have the opportunity to send a true hero for climate action to the Senate. Just look at his record. Markey’s name was on the most significant piece of legislation to address climate change to come before the House in years. He’s led the fight to end tax giveaways to big oil companies and proposed critical bills to increase invest in clean energy solutions. And, he’s proudly campaigning on those achievements. That’s why Sierra Club members cheered loudly on Saturday when Congressman Markey noted that 19th century dirty fuels like coal and oil need to make way for wind and solar technology that will not only help turn around our climate crisis, but put people in Massachusetts back to work. And it’s why Sierra Club members are going to get to work for Markey.

Sierra Club member Sheila Loayza was able to meet Ed after the event and had her picture tweeted by the campaign. Sheila and many more Sierra Club members have been inspired by Markey’s commitment to climate action and clean energy - and they’re pledging to help his campaign with neighborhood phone banks and canvasses. You can help, too. The Sierra Club and our members are holding Environmentalists for Markey events this coming weekend and you can RSVP today to do your part in sending an environmental hero to the Senate.



-Drew Grande, Sierra Club Organizer, Boston, MA

Paid for by Sierra Club Political Committee, SierraClub.org, and Authorized by the Markey Committee.

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