STATEMENT: 350 Action, Bill McKibben Endorse Gillum for Keystone XL Opposition, Clean Energy Achievements

STATEMENT: 350 Action, Bill McKibben Endorse Gillum for Keystone XL Opposition, Clean Energy Achievements

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum released the following statement today:

“I’m deeply honored to have the endorsement of leaders in the fight for environmental justice like Bill McKibben and 350 Action. During the same week that Donald Trump was withdrawing us from the Paris Climate Accord, I was breaking ground on a 120-acre solar farm that will triple Tallahassee’s solar energy capacity. I will push for an expansion of these clean energy programs to more areas of our state, so we can create good-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced,” said Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

“It’s exciting to see the leaders of the future emerging and demanding fossil free solutions in their states,” 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben said. “Florida needs them badly — no state has more at risk from climate change, and so a governor who understands where prosperity really lies is essential. When Andrew Gillum is governor, the Sunshine State will actually learn to run on sun.”

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More highlights from the endorsement release:

“Along with opposing Sabal Trail, Gillum has spoken out against the Keystone XL pipeline, a project his opponent Gwen Graham supported. Speaking about fossil fuel projects, Gillum said in his questionnaire, “These pipelines are not only an antiquated relic of an old energy system, but they’re a massive threat to communities of color, which are disproportionately affected by oil pipeline plans. As Governor, I would use every lever of power I have to fight these pipelines at the federal and state levels.”

Read Gillum’s full list of endorsements here.