Commentary: the president the planet needs: reactions to Obama's win from the nation's green groups.

Author:Belli, Brita
Position::COMMENTARY - Barack Obama

Gene Karpinski, the president of the League of Conservation Voters, e-mailed out a one-line response to Obama's win that said it all. "America embraced change today. And the planet will be better for it."

Here is what other green groups had to say.

Center for Biological Diversity (Kieran Suckling, Executive Director and Peter Galvin, Conservation Director): "With the historic victory of Barack Obama tonight and the shift of the House and Senate toward a more progressive makeup, the nation is poised not only to reverse the terrible legacy of the Bush administration but to fundamentally re-envision environmental protection and respect for diversity of all kinds.

"Mass extinction, global warming, and erosion of diversity are the greatest threats humanity has ever faced. The time left to address them is growing short. In our 20 years advocating for wildlife, wilderness, and untamed culture, we've never before witnessed a presidential election with so much promise to actually solve these issues."


Greenpeace USA (John Passacantando, Executive Director): "Americans weren't fooled by the millions of dollars the oil and coal companies spent during the election to derail a solution, or by last-minute scaremongering about the financial costs of cleaning up our economy. President-Elect Obama said that the change we need includes putting people back to work by solving global warming and investing in a clean energy future and Americans responded to that vision in historic numbers.

"For eight years, the international community tried to solve global warming while this country's leadership sat on the sidelines. We look forward to showing a waiting world that America is back and ready to lead."

National Resources Defense Council (Frances Beinecke, President): "The election of Barack Obama represents a new day for environmentalists. His election...

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