Obama Issues Clarion Call for Congressional Action on Energy and Climate

"In 2009, we’ll turn vision into action and enact a cap on carbon pollution that repowers America with clean energy and meets our responsibility to protect America's natural resources," said NWF President & CEO Larry Schweiger.

02-24-2009 // Miles Grant

WASHINGTON, DC -- President Obama delivered his first presidential address to Congress tonight, laying out his plans for the year ahead.

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

"The National Wildlife Federation welcomes President Obama's clarion call to Congress to deliver legislation that drives renewable energy in America by putting a cap on carbon pollution. By making renewable energy profitable, a cap on carbon pollution will transform our energy future. It will create new jobs and new industries in a new, clean energy economy today while building long-term solutions to the perils of climate change.

"Just as Greensburg, Kansas rises from the rubble of a tornado and rebuilds a cleaner energy future, America can rebound from our economic crisis by investing in renewable energy and energy efficient technologies. Our new reliance on clean energy will revitalize our economy, our security, and the future of our planet.

"The agenda is set. In 2009, we'll turn vision into action and enact a cap on carbon pollution that repowers America with clean energy and meets our responsibility to protect America's natural resources."

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Contact: Miles Grant, National Wildlife Federation, 202-797-6855

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

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