Strong Climate Legislation Needed, But Senate Proposals Fell Far Short

For Immediate Release

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Kierán Suckling, ksuckling@biologicaldiversity.org, (520) 275-5960

Strong Climate Legislation Needed, But Senate Proposals Fell Far Short

WASHINGTON - In response to news today that the Senate will not
take up climate legislation before the August recess, Center for Biological
Diversity Executive Director Kierán Suckling issued the following
statement:

“While strong climate legislation is clearly needed,
the proposals under consideration in the Senate fell well-short of what is
needed.  We are far better served by a
science-based approach under the existing Clean Air Act, than by a bill that
continues to subsidize and pander to the oil and coal industries and other
polluters.

“Any bill truly aimed at dealing with global warming
 must build upon – not gut – our
existing foundation of environmental protections. And, importantly, it must
achieve the greenhouse pollution reductions necessary to avert dangerous climate
disruption. That means reducing carbon dioxide concentrations that currently
stand at 392 parts per million to below 350 parts per million.  Nothing
less will do.”

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At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive.

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