Repower America Amplifies Thousands of Voices for Action on Clean Energy and Climate on Historic Repower Wall

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Repower America Amplifies Thousands of Voices for Action on Clean Energy and
Climate on Historic Repower Wall

Using a groundbreaking, multimedia approach, business, faith, military,
science and environmental leaders join thousands of grassroots supporters to
"add your voice"

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Alliance for Climate
Protection's Repower America campaign unveiled a new campaign designed to
demonstrate broad national consensus for action on clean energy and climate. 
An integrated multimedia effort supported by an online, field and advertising
campaign, the new Repower effort centers around a virtual "Repower Wall,"
where thousands of people have already uploaded messages of strong support for
action to create clean energy jobs, safeguard America's economic and national
security future, and solve the climate crisis.  The Repower Wall may be
accessed at www.repoweramerica.org/wall.

"The Repower Wall shows once and for all that Americans support immediate
action to build a clean energy future and solve the climate crisis," said
Alliance for Climate Protection President and CEO Maggie L. Fox.  "Americans
from all walks of life are joining the call to share their resolve to move
America forward. As they do, the numbers and voices swell to a wave that will
break and show our leaders that we are past ready for a clean energy future."

Already, more than 12,000 individuals have added their faces and voices to the
Repower Wall, and more than 40 leading corporations and non-governmental
organizations have contributed their logos to the effort - including Fortune
500 Companies like Nike, Gap, Inc., Avon, PepsiCo, Starbucks, Advanced Micro
Devices (AMD), Staples, eBay and Exelon.

Calling on people across the U.S. to add their own message of support to the
Repower Wall, a combination of notable names and everyday Americans are
featured in a pair of national television ads titled "Voices" and "Faces" that
also began airing today.  The campaign has attracted a wave of messages from
workers, business executives, military veterans, faith leaders, elected
officials, entertainers, activists and people from across the country,
demonstrating the deep and broad support for swift action on climate change
and a transition to a new 21st century clean energy economy.  See a list of
notable endorsements below.

The wide array of reasons for supporting a transition to a clean energy future
is evident in one of the campaign's television ads.  In the "Voices" ad
PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi's remarks, "Because some of America's most trusted
companies know clean energy will create new industries and new jobs."  General
Brent Scowcroft reminds viewers, "Because climate change threatens our
national security," while singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow adds, "Because
millions of people believe it will make a better future for our children." New
York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, businessman Ted Turner, the Reverend C.
Douglas Smith, actor Hill Harper and many others are also featured in the
national ad.

As supporters upload their photos, videos and messages of support for clean
energy and climate action, they actually become the voice of the campaign's
efforts on TV, in print, on billboards, online and in brand new forms of
communication that will go directly to elected leaders.

"One of the most powerful ways we can advocate for action is by giving voice
to the great diversity of individuals and organizations that share the belief
that the time to act for clean energy is now," said Repower America campaign
manager David Boundy. "This is the real grassroots at work. Americans are
ready for our leaders to take the necessary action that will usher in a clean
energy economic revival and make our nation safer and more energy
independent."

The Repower America campaign will roll out new versions of the television ads,
featuring different participants, in the coming weeks. To learn more about the
effort and view the television ads, visit the campaign web site:
www.repoweramerica.org.

LIST OF NOTABLE PARTICIPANTS

Corporations
    --  North Face
    --  Gap, Inc.
    --  Seventh Generation, Inc.
    --  Clif Bar and Company
    --  Levi Strauss & Co.
    --  PepsiCo
    --  Avon
    --  Aspen Skiing Company
    --  AMD, Inc.
    --  Starbucks
    --  Whole Foods
    --  Exelon
    --  Veterans Energy
    --  Lifetime
    --  Nike
    --  eBay

    --  Tom's Shoes


Organizations
    --  United Steelworkers
    --  National Farmers Union
    --  NAACP
    --  Blue Green Alliance
    --  Business Forward
    --  SEIU
    --  United Farm Workers
    --  Audubon
    --  Trout Unlimited
    --  Union of Concerned Scientists
    --  National Wildlife Federation
    --  Operation Freedom
    --  Vote Vets
    --  The Truman National Security Project
    --  Physicians for Social Responsibility
    --  Republicans for the Environment
    --  WePlayGreen.org
    --  Sierra Club

    --  American Nurses Association


Individuals
    --  Sheryl Crow
    --  General Brent Scowcroft
    --  Lt. General Claudia Kennedy
    --  John Donahoe, CEO of eBay
    --  Ted Turner
    --  Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo
    --  General Wesley Clark
    --  Richard Cizik, President of New Evangelicals
    --  Theodore Roosevelt IV
    --  Sally Ride
    --  Brig. Gen. Stephen Cheney (USMC)
    --  Andrea Wong, CEO of Lifetime Networks
    --  Leo Gerard
    --  Mayor John Hickenlooper
    --  Mayor Shirley Franklin
    --  Mayor Mike Bloomberg
    --  Rev. Lennox Yearwood
    --  Dr. Peter Wilk
    --  Dr. Rebecca M. Patton
    --  Martin Luther King III
    --  Dr. Rajendra Pachauri
    --  Professor Stephen Hawking
    --  Eddy Moore, AR Business Leaders for a Clean Energy Economy

    --  Bill Keith, CEO Sunrise Solar


VOICES FOR CLIMATE ACTION:

The Honorable Sherwood Boehlert - Former U.S. Congressman (R-NY): "There's an
old saying that says, 'The difficult we do right away; the impossible takes a
little longer.' Well, fortunately, one of the most difficult and challenging
problems of our time - how to deal responsibly with climate change - is just
difficult. It's not impossible. And if we do it the right way, we can
simultaneously create thousands of new jobs to aid our economy, improve our
national security by lessening our dependence on foreign oil and protect our
fragile environment."

Brigadier General Stephen Cheney - USMC (retired): "I believe that global
warming and climate change is a national security issue. With my background as
a retired military officer, I've seen what the climate can do to our national
interests and our national security. There is no doubt in my mind that with
the increase in global temperatures there's going to be tremendous change to
the economy of the United States, and it's a direct threat to our national
security."

Richard Cizik - President, New Evangelicals: "Climate change and global
warming is changing the face of the Earth - from habitat destruction and
species extinction to the loss of biodiversity and pollution. These are all
impacts on God's creation, and as people of faith we believe we have to lead
the way."

Sheryl Crow - Singer/Songwriter: "I believe it's tantamount right now to seize
this opportunity to stop global warming the best that we can, and to change
the way that we create energy in America. I think that for the future of all
of our children, the future that we leave them will be based on the way we're
living right now and the way we see our future in oil independence, in energy
independence. I feel like now is the time to seize this moment where we
actually get away from our dependence on foreign oil and we have the means to
create and empower our economy based on green energy, to create new jobs and
to consciously live in a clean fashion, to become a self sustainable country
and to stay out of wars based on oil mongering."

John Donahoe - CEO, eBay: "eBay is proud of the progress we're making in
harnessing alternative energy to power our campuses and datacenters here in
the U.S. and around the world, as we aim to reduce our overall greenhouse gas
emissions by 15% by 2012. We're lending our voice to national and
international climate change legislation, because we know that small actions
can add up to a big difference."

Leo Gerard - International President, United Steelworkers (USW): "It's
important that we deal with the issue of climate change now, in order to
ensure the next generation has at least as good a shot in life as we did. But
we can't have a tradeoff between good jobs and the clean environment. We need
to have both or we'll have neither. Investing in clean energy now offers three
opportunities in one: we can maintain America's global economic leadership,
lead the world in creating good jobs and deal with the issue of climate change
for the long term all at the same time."

Professor Stephen Hawking - Director of Research, D.A.M.T.P., University of
Cambridge Centre for Mathematical Sciences: "Climate change is happening at an
ever increasing rate. While we are hoping to stabilize it, and maybe even
reverse it, by reducing our CO2 emissions, the danger is that the climate
change may pass a tipping point at which the temperature rise becomes self
sustaining. The melting of the Arctic and Antarctic ice reduces the amount of
solar energy that is reflected back into space, and so increases the
temperature further. The rise in sea temperature may trigger the release of
large quantities of CO2, trapped at the bottom of the ocean, which will
further increase the green house effect."

Evander Holyfield - Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion, The Lean Green
Fighting Machine: "Through the Evander Holyfield Solar Farm project and now
Repower America, I am proud to be a partner in the green movement to heal the
earth. I am also dedicated to an approach which minimizes disruption to the
local community and ecosystem. I look forward to working with key stakeholders
in the green community as well as public local, state and federal officials to
make this happen. As a member of the boxing community and an elite group of
champion boxers, I call on my friends in the boxing industry to take on this
challenge too. The failing state of our planet may be the toughest competitor
that I have ever taken on but I am disciplined, focused and ready for the
fight. A mission as big as this needs someone who is recognized through the
whole world. We as a people have to come together to save this planet."

Martin Luther King, III - President & CEO, Realizing the Dream: "Climate
change is an environmental, economic, and civil rights issue that warrants our
immediate attention. We cannot afford the luxury of being unconcerned
regarding the protection of our environment. Let's become proactive for the
benefit of this and future generations."

Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR - President, American Nurses Association: "A
safe and sustainable environment is essential for ensuring the public's
health.  As global warming increases, we can expect to see adverse health
effects: heat related illnesses; accidents and injuries from extreme weather
events; threatened quality of water supplies, and a rise in environmentally
linked illnesses such as West Nile and Dengue Fever.  As nurses, we have an
obligation to guide public policy for a safer and healthier environment and
recognize that health care's core principle of 'first do no harm' should apply
to our planet, as well as for the public we serve.  We must take action now."

Sally Ride - Former NASA Astronaut: "In 1983, when I looked down on Earth, I
could see glaciers in the Himalayas, atolls in the Pacific Ocean, and rain
forests in Madagascar. Since then, many glaciers have disappeared, some atolls
are underwater, and the rain forests have thinned. The global impacts of
climate change are epic -- and they are happening now to the atmosphere, every
continent, every ocean, and every ecosystem around the world. This is our
challenge as scientists, as educators and as citizens. We must act now. And
together I believe we can Repower America and create a healthier planet."

Reverend Lennox Yearwood - President & CEO, Hip Hop Caucus: "In the 20th
century, Dr. King fought for equality, for us to share the same restrooms and
the same water fountains, and that was so important. But right now, in the
21st century, it's not about equality. It's about existence. If we don't get
it right, regarding this clean energy movement, 90 years into the 21st(
)century, there will not be a 22nd century. So it's time for us to work all
together, to work from the hood to the Hill, from the suites to the streets,
to galvanize and organize and mobilize everybody, black, white, brown, yellow,
red for this clean energy movement. It's time for us to fight poverty and
pollution at the same time. This is our lunch counter moment for the 21st
century."

TV AD SCRIPTS:

Script: "Voices" (TV-:30)

JoJo Farrell, Teacher: "Why join the fight to repower America with clean
energy?"
Sheryl Crow, Singer/Songwriter: "Because millions of people believe it will
make a better future for our children;"
General Brent Scowcroft: "Because climate change threatens our national
security;"
Rev. C. Douglas Smith: "We have a responsibility to protect God's creation;"
Ted Turner, Founder, UN Foundation: "Because I want jobs that are made in
America;"
Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo: "Because some of America's most
trusted companies know clean energy will create new industries and new jobs;"
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City: "Because I want America to
lead the way;"
All: "So add your voice. Add your voice;"
VO: "Add your voice at repoweramerica.org/wall."

Script: "Faces" (TV-:30)

VO: Teachers and Students,
Business and Labor,
Scientists and the Clergy,
Energy Companies and Environmentalists,
Doctors and Military Leaders,
Republicans and Democrats,
They all agree now is the time to lead.
We have a historic opportunity to end our dependence on foreign oil and
rebuild our economy by investing in a clean energy future.
Now is the time to Repower America.
Add your voice at repoweramerica.org/wall.

About the Alliance for Climate Protection's Repower America campaign:
The Alliance for Climate Protection launched the Repower America campaign to
galvanize the American public around a bold new clean energy plan and a
revitalized national energy infrastructure that will jumpstart our economy and
create millions of jobs; help end our dependence on foreign oil; reward
innovation and job creation, not polluters; and reduce greenhouse gas
emissions and slow the threat of climate change. For more information, visit
www.repoweramerica.org.


SOURCE  Alliance for Climate Protection

Giselle Barry of Alliance for Climate Protection, +1-202-567-6800,
press@climateprotect.org
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