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Clinton Wins Environmental Group's First-Ever Presidential Endorsement

For the first time in its history, the political arm of the Natural Resources Defense Council has endorsed a presidential candidate.

By Lauren Stephenson | May 31, 2016

Hillary Clinton just got a major endorsement.

The NRDC Action Fund — the political arm of the Natural Resources Defense Council — just made its first presidential endorsement. The group says, "We're with her."

The NRDC, which is an environmental action organization, has been around for 46 years. The action fund decided to make an endorsement because it says "the future is at stake."

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Rhea Suh, president of the council, said between Clinton and Donald Trump, "only one of those candidates wants to build a future powered by a clean energy economy. Only one of those candidates will make America a leader in the global fight against climate change."

Suh's statement criticized the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, calling his energy policy address "disastrous."

It read: "If he wins, Donald Trump's plan for his first 100 days would take us back 100 years. His nomination by the Republican Party puts one of the most anti-environment presidential candidates in history a step closer to the Oval Office."

The endorsement didn't mention the other Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders. A few hours after the NRDC statement, Sanders posted a video of himself at his Oakland rally Monday discussing the importance of protecting the environment.

This video includes clips from NRDC and ABC and images from Getty Images.

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