Friday, February 15, 2008

Breaking News: Austin, TX Mayor endorses Obama

Hey guys and gals,

The Associated Press is reporting that the Mayor of Austin, TX has endorsed Obama!


AUSTIN—Austin Mayor Will Wynn threw his support Friday to Sen. Barack Obama's bid for the White House.

Wynn, who has made energy efficiency a hallmark of his tenure, cited Obama's commitment to an energy policy that protects the environment.

"For too long, we've allowed old divisions to hold us back," Wynn said. "Recently, I've had conversations about energy policy with presidential candidates from both parties, and I believe Sen. Obama is the only person who can move us forward on this critical issue."

Wynn chairs the Energy Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and worked on energy-efficiency grant legislation.

Obama thanked Wynn for the endorsement.

"I don't believe that energy policy is something to bring up only when it's convenient during a campaign," he said in a statement issued by his campaign.

Obama wants to set up a carbon emissions cap-and-trade system requiring pollution credits to be auctioned, to ensure polluters pay for emissions they release. Revenue generated by auctioning allowances will be used to develop clean energy and invest in energy efficiency improvements.

Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign has proposed a similar energy plan. Her plan also would mandate stronger energy and auto efficiency standards and a significant increase in green research funding.

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