Chapel Hill, NC (March 16, 2007)- As part of his efforts to combat global warming, Senator John Edwards announced Thursday that he will make his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination “carbon neutral.”
By conserving energy and purchasing carbon offsets, the Edwards campaign will offset the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide emitted by Edwards and his staff’s campaign travel, and the energy used in his campaign headquarters and field offices.
“Global warming is an emergency and we can’t wait until the next president is elected to take action,” said Edwards. “Each of us can take responsibility in small ways to make a big difference. I encourage all Americans to conserve energy in their own homes and workplaces and help fight global warming.”
The Edwards campaign and its landlord have taken the following steps to conserve energy:
* Organizing a One Corps National Day of Energy Action in January to get supporters involved in the fight against global warming by working on community service activities including weatherizing homes and distributing energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs
* Using timers and motion detectors to control lights and shut down office equipment when not in use and turning off computers, televisions, and lights when not in use
* Online monitoring and management of heating and air conditioning to conserve energy
* Buying 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper and other recycled paper products
* Recycling paper, plastic, glass, and cardboard
* Encouraging staff to adopt energy efficient practices in their office and homes. About a quarter of John Edwards for President headquarters employees walk to work.
After conserving energy, the campaign will purchase carbon offsets to make it carbon neutral. Carbon offsets allow one party to pay another to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide. Edwards will also financially support renewable energy projects to make them commercially viable and reduce the need for carbon-based energy. Edwards says he believes that the United States should take immediate action to halt global warming. However, American families and communities can act while their government fails to act. Today, Edwards announced that he will make his campaign “carbon neutral,” eliminating its impact on global warming, by taking energy efficiency steps and supporting renewable energy.
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