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Sierra Club Urges Obama to Wield ‘Full Executive Authority’ Against Climate Change

Jan 15, 2013
(The Hill)

Facing long odds for action in Congress, the Sierra Club on Monday urged President Obama to use his "full executive authority" to combat climate change during his second term.

“2013 has the potential to be a breakthrough year on climate, and we’re calling on the president to use his full executive authority,” Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said during a call with reporters.

Obama was largely silent on climate change during the presidential campaign, much to the dismay of supporters in the environmental movement. After winning reelection, the president promised to make climate change one of his top three priorities.

Sierra Club wants to see those words translate into action, and will pressure Obama during the first 100 days of his second term with a series of town halls, rallies, reports and letter-writing events.