HONOLULU [April 21, 2012] - The Sierra Club yesterday officially endorsed Tulsi Gabbard for Hawai'i's 2nd Congressional District. "Tulsi's strong environmental record, including helping pass tough laws regulating greenhouse gases and being an outspoken advocate for renewable energy, distinguished her from the other candidates for this office," said Steve Montgomery, Ph.D., Political Co-Chair of the Hawaii Chapter of the Sierra Club. "We're excited about the type of leadership she can bring to environmental issues."
Of the endorsement, Tulsi said, "As a lifelong environmentalist, I am honored to receive the Sierra Club's endorsement. Here in Hawai'i, protecting our environment is not just a trendy concept; it's a way of life, a matter of survival, and the key to our future economic success. In Congress, as I have done throughout my life, whether in the Hawaii state legislature, as an aide to Senator Akaka in Washington D.C., or on Honolulu City Council, I will continue to fight for protecting our precious natural resources."
The following are but a few of Tulsi's environmental priorities:
Making Hawai'i the nation's leader in the production of renewable energy, creating a more self-sufficient and sustainable economy less dependent on foreign oil and imports.
Ending subsidies for nuclear power plants, the operations and by-products of which are dangerous and harmful to human health and the environment.
Supporting ocean conservation efforts, and protecting Hawaii's oceans and waterways from pollution.
Expanding efforts to prevent the introduction of destructive invasive species.
Supporting local farmers, securing funding for tropical agriculture research, and modernizing our water irrigation systems.
Advocating proper labeling of all GMO products sold throughout the nation.
The Sierra Club has endorsed Tulsi in her previous campaigns for Honolulu City Council and for Hawai'i State Legislator. Tulsi is a co-founder of the Healthy Hawaii Coalition, an environmental organization dedicated preserving the environment for the health and welfare of future generations. During her tenure in Washington D.C. as a legislative aide to Senator Akaka she specialized in environmental issues.
As a member of the Hawai'i National Guard, Tulsi Gabbard served two tours of duty in the Middle East. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for her service and currently serves as a Captain.
A Democrat, Tulsi was the youngest woman in America ever elected to a state legislature when in 2002 at the age of 21 she won a Hawai'i State House seat. Two years later, Tulsi sacrificed her position in the legislature to voluntarily join her fellow soldiers being deployed to a war zone in Iraq. Between her two deployments to the Middle East, Tulsi served as an aide to Senator Daniel Akaka in the U.S. Senate. In 2010, she was elected to the Honolulu City Council where she chairs the Safety, Economic Development, and Government Affairs committee. Gabbard is a candidate for Hawai`i's second congressional district encompassing rural Oahu and the Neighbor Islands. Learn more about Tulsi at www.votetulsi.com.