Sierra Club Endorses Jason Carter for Governor
Nation’s Largest Grassroots Conservation Organization Praises Carter’s Strong Commitment to Protecting Georgia’s Environment & Families
ATLANTA, GA – Today the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club announced its endorsement of Jason Carter for Governor of Georgia. As a state senator, Carter has built a consistent track record of protecting Georgia’s environment and public health.
Georgia is home to some of America’s most special places, from the Blue Ridge Mountains, to the Wiregrass Southwest, to the Golden Isle Coast. Every year, millions visit Georgia’s coast because of the unique marshes, coastline and wildlife. Unlike some neighboring states, Georgia has protected these special areas for the benefit of families, the economy and the environment.
“Once our natural resources have been destroyed, there’s no going back. That’s why I am a proud advocate for our environment and have fought against proposals that threaten our coast, our rivers, and our water supply. My record on the environment won’t change when I’m governor,” said Jason Carter.
Governor Deal chose Earth Day to announce elimination of the 25-foot buffer that has protected coastal marshland in Georgia since 2004. The buffer has protected coastal areas from storm surges, kept marine life and fisheries healthy and filtered pollution from the water. Georgia is home to one-third of all salt marsh on the East Coast of the United States. Governor Deal’s decision jeopardizes hundreds of thousands of vital salt marsh acres.
“Where Governor Deal and his cronies have stalled or rolled back critical coastal protections, Jason Carter will move Georgia forward,” said Mark Woodall, chair of the Georgia Chapter. “Governor Deal’s friends in the state legislature are also playing roulette with aquifers that supply millions of gallons of water for Georgia agriculture and industry. Jason Carter can and will do better for our coast and water resources.”
In addition, while every other East Coast state has partnered with the Department of the Interior’s “Smart from the Start” program to streamline the siting, permitting and leasing for offshore wind, under Governor Deal’s leadership, Georgia sat on the sidelines. Since the 2007 “Southern Winds” study demonstrated significant potential off the Georgia coast, Georgia has made virtually no progress in setting ourselves up for steel in the water.
“Jason Carter has proven that he is the only candidate in the field willing to protect Georgia’s coast and environment. He has committed to supporting Georgia’s growing clean energy industries, which provide jobs while protecting our air and water,” said Georgia Chapter Director Colleen Kiernan. "The Sierra Club will proudly mobilize our members toward Jason Carter candidacy for Governor of Georgia.”