Obama Outlines Bipartisan Path to Climate Action

"The climate crisis is the single biggest threat to wildlife this century"

02-12-2013 // Miles Grant

President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address tonight, issuing a strong call to action on climate change. “For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change,” said President Obama. “The good news is, we can make meaningful progress on this issue while driving strong economic growth.”

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

President Obama made it clear tonight that we need to confront the climate crisis – but that he hasn’t given up on reaching across party lines to forge a bipartisan solution. The climate-fueled extreme weather that’s battered America from Cape May to Waldo Canyon has destroyed Democratic and Republican homes and businesses with equal malice.

“The climate crisis is the single biggest threat to wildlife this century and it’s already leaving communities across America more vulnerable to a record number of federal disasters, from stronger storms to deeper droughts and more intense wildfires. But if Congress won’t act even in the face of such clear and present danger, President Obama promised that he will call on the full force of his administration to reduce the climate threat and safeguard our communities with climate-smart strategies.

“Clean energy investments can begin to stabilize our climate, grow our economy by creating millions of jobs, and secure our energy supply. Now is the time to harness America’s spirit of ingenuity and leadership to confront this climate crisis and sustain our nation’s conservation legacy for future generations. We look forward to working with Congress and the White House to get it accomplished.”

Read the National Wildlife Federation’s new report on why climate action is so critical for the survival of America’s wildlife at NWF.org/ClimateCrisis.