NEAL FOR CONGRESS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 3, 2012
CONTACT: Matt Fenlon 413-624-6325
Sierra Club Highlights Neal's Support Protecting America's Environment
“I am honored to once again receive the endorsement of the Sierra Club as I seek reelection. From celebrating the inaugural Earth Day as a college student, to building the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility while Mayor, and now advocating on behalf of our natural resources while in Congress, the Sierra Club and I have worked together over many years to preserve and protect our environment.”
(SPRINGFIELD) Congressman Richard E. Neal received the endorsement of the Sierra Club as Neal seeks reelection in the First Congressional District.
“I am honored to once again receive the endorsement of the Sierra Club as I seek reelection,” said Neal. “From celebrating the inaugural Earth Day as a college student, to opening the Springfield recycling center while Mayor, and now advocating on behalf of our natural resources while in Congress, the Sierra Club and I have worked together over many years to preserve and protect our environment. I look forward to continuing my relationship with the Sierra Club and its 1.4 million members nationwide as we progress with our shared values.”
Since 1892, when John Muir founded the Sierra Club, the Club has protected America's wild places and wild life. More recently, the Sierra Club has focused on promoting clean energy solutions so America can move beyond dirty fossil fuels. As a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee, one of Neal's top priorities is promoting the clean energy industry, which generates renewable energy, saves consumers money, and creates thousands of manufacturing jobs at a time when our economy can use a boost.
As a result of Neal's advocacy on environental issues, Neal has helped pass tax legislation to promote constructing solar panel facilites, allow for energy-efficient home improvements, stimulate investment by utilities companies in smart meters, enacted tax incentives to encourage the use of natural gas, and secured assistance for Massachusetts wind farms.
Yesterday Neal visited solar farms in Pittsfield and Springfield which were built as a result of tax credits which he helped pass.
In addition, the Sierra Club has a proud history improving public health, including cleaner water and air. As Mayor of Springfield, Neal built the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility which has served over 100 communities in western and central Massachusetts.