Statement on Kerry-Lieberman-Graham 'Compromise'

For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Joe Smyth, Greenpeace communications, 831-566-5647, joe.smyth@greenpeace.org
Rolf Skar, Greenpeace Senior Campaigner, 415-533-2888, rolf.skar@greenpeace.org

Statement on Kerry-Lieberman-Graham 'Compromise'

WASHINGTON - In response to the framework for climate
legislation released today by Senators Kerry, Lieberman, and Graham,
Greenpeace USA Executive Director Phil Radford issued the following
statement:
"While the 'compromise' outlined by
Senators Kerry, Lieberman, and Graham might please nuclear, coal and
oil companies, we can't compromise with our climate.  Pouring money
into dirty energy will just make the problem worse.

"President Obama promised to stop letting polluter lobbyists write our
nation's energy plan, but this plan would squander billions of taxpayer
dollars subsidizing dangerous nuclear plants - easy targets for
terrorists - encourage more oil drilling in protected places, and
ensure a future for the climate-killing coal industry.  The only future
ensured for coal should be in the ground.

"As countries seek to forge a global deal at the UN Climate talks in
Copenhagen, all eyes are on the United States.  This framework is an
insult to the hundreds of millions of people who are already facing the
impacts of climate change, and President Obama can't support this and
still claim to be a leader in Copenhagen."

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