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For Immediate Release

Raviya Ismail, (202) 667-4500, ext. 221

Hearings Begin on Kerry-Boxer Climate Change Bill

Strong legislation necessary for transition away from dependence on dirty fossil fuels


The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works kicked off
hearings on climate change legislation today. The Clean Energy Jobs
& American Power Act was introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer
(D-Calif.) and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) last month.

The following statement is by Trip Van Noppen, president of Earthjustice:

"Momentum is building toward a transformational shift to a clean
energy economy that doesn't rely on burning fossil fuels that are
primarily responsible for global warming. If we seize this moment, we
will secure jobs here in the U.S. and fight global warming at the same

"But to succeed, we must use all the tools available. We applaud
Senators Kerry and Boxer for building upon the Clean Air Act which has
a proven track record of reducing pollution from the dirtiest sources.
The Clean Air Act has successfully protected the public and the
environment from mercury poisoning and acid rain, and is currently
poised to reduce climate pollution from mobile sources that account for
up to 4% of U.S. emissions.

"Coal companies and other special interests are attempting to derail
this legislation -- and keep us hooked on fossil fuels as our main
source of energy. The Senate needs to follow Senators Kerry and Boxer's
lead and use tools available in the Clean Air Act to make the U.S. a
clean energy leader.

"The Kerry-Boxer bill also underscores the importance of having
dedicated funding for natural resources adaptation, an improvement to
the House-passed bill where funds for federal land managers were
subject to appropriations. However, we hope the Senate will increase
the overall funding as it is crucial that we help the very ecosystems
that support our nation's fish and wildlife and provide us with clean
water, face the challenges of climate change.

"We call upon the Senate to put the needs of the entire nation first
and act swiftly to combat global warming and usher in an era of clean
renewable energy. The world cannot wait."

Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. We bring about far-reaching change by enforcing and strengthening environmental laws on behalf of hundreds of organizations, coalitions and communities.