FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2019
David Turnbull, david [at] priceofoil [dot] org, 202-316-3499
Collin Rees, collin [at] priceofoil [dot] org, 308-293-3159
Mayor Pete Buttigieg signs No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge; Oil Change U.S. response
Majority of Democratic Presidential candidates have now signed pledge rejecting fossil fuel cash
Today, Mayor Pete Buttigieg signed the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge, announced via a video posted to his Twitter and Facebook accounts. In response, David Turnbull, Strategic Communications Director with Oil Change U.S., released the following statement:
“We applaud Mayor Buttigieg for signing the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge. By making this important commitment, he’s shown the courage to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and say ‘no’ to their influence on our democracy.
“With Mayor Pete signing the pledge today, a majority of substantial Democratic Presidential candidates have now pledged to reject money from fossil fuel industry interests. No longer do candidates feel the need to cater to an out-of-control fossil fuel industry wreaking havoc on our climate and communities. With a massive movement calling for bold action, candidates are finally starting to step up and fight for real solutions to our climate crisis.
“The No Fossil Fuel Money pledge should be an ante to get into the game for candidates seeking to be labeled as climate champions – but it’s not the end of the story. We need our next President to not only reject fossil fuel money, but also to reject the industry’s plans to continue expanding the production of the fossil fuels that are destroying our climate. Now that many of them are free from the ties of industry cash, we look forward to seeing candidates lay out their plans for a managed decline of fossil fuel production in the United States in line with what the climate science demands and what a just transition for communities requires.”
Note for Editors:
As of March 27th, 8 of the 15 candidates being tracked by the New York Times as substantial candidates for the Democratic Presidential nomination have signed the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge. A full listing of pledge signers in the Presidential race can be found here: http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/presidential-signers/