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American Rivers Applauds Senate Introduction of Critical Climate Legislation


American Rivers today applauded Senators John Kerry and Barbara Boxer for introducing the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act. The bill would reduce global warming pollution 20 percent by 2020 and create millions of new jobs in alternative energy and other sectors. The bill would also help communities begin to prepare for the impacts, like more intense floods and droughts, that a changing climate is already causing around the country.

The president of American Rivers, Rebecca Wodder, made the following statement:

"Climate change is the greatest threat to the future of our rivers and clean water. We are already seeing more frequent and severe floods and droughts and rising levels of water pollution. The increase in extreme weather is slowing economic growth, increasing waterborne disease and taking lives in communities across the country. To avoid the worst, we must take immediate action to reduce global warming pollution and prepare our communities for the impacts that are already taking place."

"We applaud Senators Kerry and Boxer for introducing legislation that not only confronts this global crisis but will launch investment in a new 21st century American economy fueled by innovation and domestic renewable energy instead of dirty fossil fuels."

"This legislation recognizes that communities need help preparing for the many impacts a changing climate will bring, especially to our vital water resources. To address the unavoidable impacts of climate change we must upgrade our infrastructure by relying more on natural defenses such as wetlands and floodplains that provide clean drinking water and protect against floods. This bill will allow cash-strapped communities across the country to begin this process and work towards a safer and healthier future."

American Rivers is the only national organization standing up for healthy rivers so our communities can thrive. Through national advocacy, innovative solutions and our growing network of strategic partners, we protect and promote our rivers as valuable assets that are vital to our health, safety and quality of life. Founded in 1973, American Rivers has more than 65,000 members and supporters nationwide, with offices in Washington, DC and the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, California and Northwest regions.