Bushs EPA Quietly Acknowledges Climate Plan is Doable

"The Bush administration quietly released today's economic analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency, but the results speak loudly that we can grow America's economy and tackle global warming," said Jeremy Symons, executive director of the National Wildlife Federation's global warming campaign

03-14-2008 // Jeremy Symons

WASHINGTON, DC -- On Friday afternoon, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an analysis of the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act expected to come to the floor of the U.S. Senate in June.

Jeremy Symons, executive director of the National Wildlife Federation's global warming campaign, said today:

"The Bush administration quietly released today's economic analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency, but the results speak loudly that we can grow America's economy and tackle global warming. EPA analyzed the bipartisan global warming bill that is headed for a Senate debate in the coming months and is opposed by the White House. According to EPA's analysis, the U.S. economy would grow by 80 percent through the year 2030 after enactment of the Climate Security Act. That is less than one-half of one percent difference from projected growth without a bill.

"It's not surprising that the Bush administration took steps to disguise the fundamental conclusion that the Lieberman-Warner climate plan is doable and protects our economy.

"It's important to note that even these modest results don't tell the whole story. The analysis fails to measure the important economic boom expected from the bill's aggressive investment in clean energy jobs. In 2006, the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries generated 8 million jobs in America and nearly one trillion dollars in revenue. That's a good start, but it is time for America to unleash the full economic power of a clean energy future.

"The National Wildlife Federation looks forward to Senate action on the Lieberman-Warner bill, and we will work to make it even stronger during the floor debate."

The National Wildlife Federation is America's conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.


For Immediate Release: March 14, 2008

Contact:
Jeremy Symons, Global Warming Campaign Executive Director, National Wildlife Federation, 202-939-3311, symons@nwf.org

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