Praise for President Obama's Budget Proposal

President's Budget Has Good News for Land, Water and Climate

02-01-2010 // Aislinn Maestas

President Obama has sent his $3.8 trillion budget blueprint to Congress. Even in difficult times, the president’s budget recognizes the importance of investing in clean energy jobs, funding land conservation, and restoring America’s Great Lakes and Gulf Coast. The proposal includes:

  • A placeholder for revenue from a comprehensive market-based climate change policy to cut nationwide global warming pollution about 17 percent by 2020 and more than 80 percent by 2050
  • The elimination of some fossil fuel subsidies, saving an estimated $40 billion over the next decade
  • $300 million for the president’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
  • $40 million for Gulf Coast restoration
  • Significant increases in funding for outdoor recreation and strategic land investments through the Land and Water Conservation Fund

National Wildlife Federation praised the plan:

“Importantly, the president has called for a climate bill that is deficit neutral while investing polluter payments to invest in clean energy technologies, help Americans on their energy bills, and help deal with the impacts of climate change here at home and in poor nations,” said Larry Schweiger, president & CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “That's good news for consumers, for workers, and for wildlife.”

Responding to the proposed funding for Great Lakes Restoration, NWF’s Jeff Skelding said “the level of funding that the President committed indicates that he understands the plight of the Great Lakes and the urgency to do something about it.”

A similar response came from those working to restore Coastal Louisiana: “The president’s proposed funding to restore this ecological treasure is a wake-up call for the nation that we are rapidly losing a region that is home to critical energy production infrastructure, the busiest port in North America, and the most valuable fishery in the Gulf of Mexico. Our nation cannot continue to ignore these vital interests.”

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