HONOLULU (June 11, 2014) – Recognizing his commitment to protect the environment and to promote alternative energy, the Sierra Club of Hawaii endorsed Mark Takai for Congress.
“Mark Takai has been a strong champion for energy independence,” said Scott Glenn, Hawaii Chair for the Sierra Club, which is the state’s largest and most active grassroots environmental organization.
“We’re confident he will continue this fight in Congress. Takai’s conscientious public service, willingness to listen and responsiveness to the economic concerns of working families will make him an excellent congressman for all of Hawaii,” Glenn said.
Founded in 1968, the Sierra Club of Hawaii actively promotes reducing the impacts of global climate change by encouraging the development of clean renewable energy, reducing the use of fossil fuels, and ensuring our fragile native habitat is protected from harm.
“I am extremely appreciative and thankful to the Sierra Club of Hawaii for their endorsement and support,” Takai stated.
“I have long believed that we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil in Hawaii and across the nation and find alternative forms of energy,” Takai added. “I have installed a photovoltaic system on our family home and also drive an electric vehicle to do my part to preserve and protect the environment.”
Steve Montgomery, the Sierra Club of Hawaii’s Political Co-Chair stated, “It is important that we coalesce around a single Congressional District 1 candidate. Takai is not only a strong environmental leader, but with the Sierra Club’s support he can build momentum to win this race.”
During Takai’s 20 years in the Hawaii State House, he consistently supported legislation to protect Hawaii’s environment. In recent years, he voted to repeal the Public Land Development Corporation, and he voted to support grid modernization, expanding PV tax credits, and a green infrastructure loan program to achieve Hawaii’s clean energy goals.
With this latest endorsement by the Sierra Club of Hawaii, Takai continues to build an unprecedented coalition of support – teachers, veterans, building trades groups, and equal rights advocates – in his bid to become the newest member of Hawaii’s congressional delegation.
Takai is endorsed by VoteVets, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, the Hawaii State Teacher’s Association (HSTA), National Education Association (NEA), Ironworkers Union-International, Hawaii Ironworkers Union-Local 625, American Postal Workers Union (APWU)-International, Hawaii APWU, United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW)-International, UFCW-Local 480, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, American Optometric Association, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Boilermakers-Local 627, Equality Hawaii, the Hawaii State Chiropractic Association, and the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA).