For the first time in roughly 30 years, Pennsylvania's primary elections coincide with Earth Day, and celebrate national coverage. More than 50 volunteers for environmental group the Sierra Club will use the overlap to draw attention to national legislation that could shift $13.5 billion from oil company subsidies to renewable energy support. The Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act passed the national House earlier this year, but awaits Senate approval. Volunteers will be asking voters to sign a petition for Senators Clinton, Obama, Specter, and Casey to pass the bill.
The Sierra Club has not endorsed any candidates in either the primary or general election, and so will not be asking for voters to support any particular candidate. They will pass out information as well as energy-saving light bulbs to raise awareness.