Press Release 2016-01-06

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9 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or
Margaret Klein Salamon at (734) 476-5169 or

Hundreds Expected at Climate Emergency Caucus 
Presidential Candidates Will be Chosen to Stop Bakken Pipeline and
Lead WWII-scale Mobilization to Restore a Safe Climate 

DES MOINES — Caucus-goers from across Iowa will stage a model caucus Friday, Jan. 29 to support the presidential candidate they believe is most committed to stopping the Bakken Pipeline and leading a full-employment, wartime-scale mobilization to retire all fossil fuel infrastructure, drive the U.S. economy to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, and restore a safe climate for humanity. The caucus will take place from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Central Campus at 1800 Grand Avenue in Des Moines.

“Iowa climate and pipeline fighters are all over the board when it comes to the presidential candidate they prefer,” said Ed Fallon, a talk show host and former Iowa lawmaker. “The Climate Emergency Caucus lets voters choose the strongest climate champion among those running for President. And each candidate – Republican and Democratic – will have a chance to make their case to voters in attendance that they intend to respond to the climate crisis with heroic action, not business-as-usual reform proposals that cannot effectively tackle this time-sensitive, existential emergency.”

The model caucus is organized by The Climate Mobilization in conjunction with a growing list of business and organizational partners. The model caucus portion of the event invites attendees to stand up for the candidate they feel is best able to lead the nation in this time of growing crisis.

“The climate crisis is a national and international emergency the next President will have to confront,” said Margaret Klein Salamon, founder and director of The Climate Mobilization. “Which candidate has the character, wisdom and experience to lead the mobilization we need? Which candidate has been the most candid on the climate crisis thus far? We offer caucus-goers a chance to deliberate on these questions, while making it clear we will not settle for half measures that ignore the dire realities of climate science.”

The program for the evening also includes presentations by one or more nationally-known climate leaders, remarks by The Climate Mobilization’s founders, Klein Salamon and Ezra Silk, and a call to further action in the lead-up to the February 1st Iowa Caucuses.

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