NWF Applauds Alliance Effort

"An Unprecedented Threat Requires Extraordinary Action"

03-31-2008 // Christine Dorsey

Statement by Larry Schweiger
President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation and
Member of the Alliance for Climate Protection Board of Directors
On launch of New Public Mobilization Campaign


RESTON, VA -- "The National Wildlife Federation applauds the efforts of the Alliance for Climate Protection to engage the American public in demanding real and lasting solutions to global warming.

"This is an unparalleled effort that comes in the nick of time. Global warming is an unprecedented threat to wildlife and people. An unprecedented threat requires extraordinary action.

"Our elected officials simply cannot sit by and do nothing while polar ice caps melt, sea levels rise and the overall stability of the earth's climate is at risk. It's critical for the American public to understand what can be done to confront global warming, and what's at stake if the United States does nothing.

"Former Vice President Al Gore is right when he says 'it's important to change the light bulbs, but it's much more important to change the laws.' We all can be part of the solution, but it's up to the U.S. Congress to take bold steps today to put us on a path to progress.

"By cutting global warming by at least 2-percent per year with cap-and-trade legislation, we can avert the worst consequences of global warming.

"In every generation a time comes to take action that protects future generations. Now is our time. We have a moral responsibility to confront global warming and protect our children's future."

Contact: Christine Dorsey, 802-505-0508 (cell), cdorsey@nwf.org

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