NWF: America Must Show Climate Action Leadership

Statement by Larry Schweiger, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation

01-28-2009 // Miles Grant

Former Vice President Al Gore plans to testify before today's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, "Addressing Global Climate Change: The Road To Copenhagen."

Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said today:

"Today's hearing continues to move America one step closer to what President Obama has promised: that we will 'lead once more.' Vice President Gore understands as well as anyone the urgent need for decisive American action on climate change. Other countries have begun to act--and they have waited long enough for the United States to step up and do our part. We have a moral obligation to lead on this crucial issue and an economic imperative to ensure that the world's next generation of energy solutions carry a Made-in-America label.

"We also must fully understand that our inaction will have far ranging impact. A recent study by a panel of former generals and admirals called climate change a threat multiplier, weakening our national security by aggravating instability in already troubled regions.

"America has a unique opportunity to simultaneously address our energy crisis, usher in a new era of international cooperation, and protect the planet for the next generation. There is a lot of work to be done in a short time. As we look toward December's meetings in Copenhagen, it's critical that President Obama and Congress demonstrate that the U.S. is serious about action on climate change by passing federal legislation here at home that can set the stage for real global climate action."

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

Contact: Miles Grant, National Wildlife Federation, 703-864-9599 (cell), GrantM@nwf.org