Environmental advocacy groups Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, Friends of the Earth Action, Oil Change U.S., and Zero Hour are jointly endorsing State Representative Sara Innamorato in her campaign for Allegheny County Executive. The endorsements solidify Innamorato’s status as an environmental champion in a race where the county’s egregious air pollution and the expanding presence of the fossil fuel industry in the region are major issues for voters.
The groups join a number of other environmental organizations already endorsing Innamorato, including Food & Water Action, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, Clean Water Action, Climate Cabinet, Jane Fonda Climate PAC, Lead Locally, and Sunrise Pittsburgh – all of which amounts to a sweep of environmental group endorsements in the race.
The endorsements are a testament to Rep. Innamorato’s years as a climate champion. Last year, Innamorato authored and passed the Whole Home Repairs Program, putting hundreds of millions of dollars towards the home weatherization program that will reduce energy consumption, create local green jobs, and repair thousands of Pennsylvania homes. As County Executive, Innamorato would work through the county Health Department to block new fracking wells and other polluting infrastructure proposed within Allegheny County.
Innamorato’s climate advocacy continues to drive support for her campaign. Food & Water Acton PAC has knocked on 30,000 doors in support of her; Jane Fonda Climate PAC has contributed $15,000; Climate Cabinet PAC has contributed $10,000.
On behalf of the endorsing organizations, Ariel Moger, Government and Political Affairs Director at Friends of the Earth Action, offered the following statement:
“Our organizations are thrilled to announce our endorsement of Sara Innamorato for Allegheny County Executive. Fighting fossil fuels locally is critical to defeating them globally, and electing leaders who will stand up for people and the planet at the state and local level is crucial. We need decision-makers in office who will put communities over polluter profits, and these candidates will undoubtedly do just that.”