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'Power Vote' campaign wants to energize young voters

The Energy Action Coalition, an environmental advocacy group, wants to bring climate change to the forefront of this election season.

And they’re using young people to do it.

The Coalition launched the Power Vote campaign yesterday after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney unveiled his energy plan.

Members of the Coalition rallied in front of President Obama’s campaign headquarters hoping to catch the eyes and ears of Obama's reelection team.

Rafael Hurtado is a community organizer in Little Village and was among the group. Hurtado is a part of The Little Village Environmental Justice Organization which played a role in the closure of two coal-burning power plants in Pilsen and Little Village earlier this year.

"We're not telling you who to vote for. We're telling you how to vote for certain candidates. It's all about making a socially responsible vote that's relevant to your community and your family's values and needs," said Hurtado.

He says climate change and energy policy should be significant issues and deserve more attention given to them, not just by lawmakers and candidates, but all people.

"These heat waves we experienced this past summer here in Chicago effected rich, poor, middle-class, black, brown, white - heat doesn't discriminate so why not join the movement," said Hurtado.

The Power Vote campaign will continue informing young voters at rallies in key election states like Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania until Election Day.

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