President Seeks to Extend Legacy of Inaction on Global Warming

"One question looms large as the President speaks on global warming today: What is the President proposing to do right now to create clean energy jobs and reduce the pollution that causes global warming?" said the National Wildlife Federation's Jeremy Symons. "We need action now, not decades from now."

04-16-2008 // Miles Grant

WASHINGTON, DC -- Jeremy Symons, executive director of the National Wildlife Federation's global warming program, said today:

"One question looms large as the President speaks on global warming today: What is the President proposing to do right now to create clean energy jobs and reduce the pollution that causes global warming? We need action now, not decades from now. Our dependency on fossil fuels is choking our economy, and the pollution from these fuels is choking our atmosphere. Scientists have made clear that the window of opportunity for action is quickly closing.

"This is a time for new leaders who believe America can act now and do whatever we set our mind to, not for those who fear the modest measures being proposed in Congress.

"The President has been a bystander for the past seven years as states and cities have taken action here at home, and other nations have moved forward overseas. Time is ticking down for the White House and the President's legacy of inaction. Fortunately, the Senate will soon take action on a serious global warming plan that will begin reducing U.S. emissions from all major polluters within five years.

"In the Senate, the bipartisan Climate Security Act would recharge America's economy by investing in a clean, efficient energy technologies that create jobs here at home, saving families money, and making America more energy independent. The plan would begin reducing U.S. global warming pollution from all major polluters by about two percent a year, starting in the year 2012."

Meanwhile, students and campuses throughout the nation have been leading the way by implementing innovative solutions to help solve global warming now. National Wildlife Federation's 2nd annual "Chill Out" broadcast tonight at 7 pm (EST) will highlight award-winning leadership on college campuses across the country. Visit www.campuschillout.org to learn more.

Contacts: Jeremy Symons, 202-306-7902, symons@nwf.org and Miles Grant, 703-864-9599 (cell), grantm@nwf.org

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