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For Immediate Release

Sara Chieffo, (202)320-7441 Erin McCallum, (202)772-3217

Congressmen Waxman and Markey Make Important Strides Towards Addressing Climate Impacts

Legislation would hold polluters accountable, create green jobs


This morning Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Rep. Edward A.
Markey released draft energy and climate legislation outlining a vision for
moving America closer to energy independence, clean technologies and a
revitalized economy bolstered by millions of new green jobs. The following is a
statement from Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife:

"Today's draft legislation released by Chairmen Waxman and Markey builds upon
the strong momentum toward a clean energy future that will revitalize our
economy and increase national security while at the same time tackling climate
change by holding polluters accountable for the greenhouse gas emissions they

"Addressing our reliance on dirty fuels and other causes of global warming
emissions is an important first step. But, it's also vitally import that we
address the impacts of climate change that are already being seen and felt by
humans, wildlife and the natural resources that we all rely on. We are pleased
that the Energy & Commerce Committee has recognized the urgent need to
safeguard our wildlife and natural resources from the worst impacts of global
warming, a sentiment that was also stressed last week by Reps. Markey and
Dingell in a hearing on climate change and adaptation measures held by the
Energy & Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Environment.

"By holding polluters accountable for their global warming pollution, this
bill will allow us to tackle both the source of the problem as well as support
the solutions we need to invest in the future of our communities and natural
resources. We look forward to working closely with the Committee and Congress to
swiftly enact comprehensive climate and energy legislation that also provides
long-term dedicated funding for the protection of America's wildlife and natural

Read the draft language.

Defenders of Wildlife is the premier U.S.-based national conservation organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of imperiled species and their habitats in North America.

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