For Immediate Release
Kerry-Lieberman Bill Continues Dangerous Direction for U.S.
15 Groups Call on Congress to Choose Clean Energy, not Gulf-Style Disasters and Big Polluters
WASHINGTON - The Climate Reality
Check coalition (CRC)-consisting of faith, social justice,
environmental, and other public interest organizations-announced today
that the American Power Act introduced by Sens. John Kerry (MA) and Joe
Lieberman (CT) is the wrong direction for U.S. climate and energy
bill prioritizes reliance on offshore drilling and other dirty and
technologies over effective pollution controls, clean energy, consumer
protections, and creating real and just international climate solutions.
The coalition issued the
"The policies in the
Kerry-Lieberman bill were wrong
for the U.S.
before the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and the Senate must recognize
are wrong now. The well-being of our nation and the world are being
for the interests of big polluters, which continue to rake in record
the expense of the environment and the public. Our recent mining and
tragedies make clear that it's time to choose clean and safe renewable
energy for our future. We need legislation that prioritizes clean
and energy efficiency, and which protects the Clean Air Act, not the
industries causing these crises. We need legislation that is
ambitious in curbing greenhouse gas emissions and in meeting our
to developing nations which are bearing the disproportionate brunt of
effects of climate change."
The Climate Reality Check
coalition is calling on senators
to reject the American Power Act unless aggressive improvements are
Members of the coalition agree that federal climate and energy
POLLUTION Set an economy-wide cap
on greenhouse emissions
that is consistent with the best available science and that can be
down as necessary.
TOOLS Preserve the Clean Air
Act's requirement that
harmful global warming pollution be reduced, and preserve states'
authority to implement innovative solutions on their own.
offsets and other loopholes that prevent pollution reductions from
in the U.S.
AND COMMUNITIESProtect low- and middle-
income families and vulnerable communities through stable, predictable,
transparent carbon pricing, and through low-income consumer protections
ENERGY Invest in the
development and deployment of abundant
clean energy and energy efficiency.
GIVEAWAYS Big polluters should pay
when they pollute, not be
UP TO OUR
INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS The United States must
be a leader in
supporting and funding effective and just international climate
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Climate Reality Check (www.climaterealitycheck.org) is a coalition of faith, social justice, environmental, and other public interest organizations calling for U.S. climate and energy policies that protect environmental, community, and economic health in the U.S. and around the world, and that hold big polluters accountable.
Climate Reality Check includes:
350.org Contact: May Boeve: 707-815-0054
Center for Biological Diversity Contact: Bill Snape: 202-536-9351
Climate Collaboration Network of Corporate Ethics International Contact: Anne Pernick: 503-459-6673
CREDO Action Contact: Adam Quinn: 415-369-2065
Friends Committee on National Legislation Contact: Devin Helfrich: 202.903.2520
Friends of the Earth Contact: Nick Berning: 202-222-0748
Global Exchange Contact: Reede Stockton: 415-613-4277
Greenpeace Contact: Kyle Ash: 202-441-1314
International Forum on Globalization Contact: Victor Menotti: 415-351-8065
NC WARN (North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network) Contact: Pete MacDowell: 919-259-3140
Public Citizen Contact: Allison Fisher: 704-604-3750
Rainforest Action Network Contact: Nell Greenberg: 510-847-9777 / Brianna Cayo Cotter: 415-305-1943
Sustainable Energy & Economy Network, Institute for Policy Studies Contact: Daphne Wysham: 202-510-3541
United Methodist Women