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Audobon Leader Comments on Senate Failure to Address Climate Change

Statement by Mike Daulton, Audubon Senior Director of Government Relations


Audubon Senior Director of Government Relations Mike Daulton released
the following statement in response to an announcement by Majority
Leader Harry Reid that Senate Democratic leaders would again postpone
their effort to enact serious climate legislation.

"The Senate's inaction on climate policy is truly disappointing. It is
appalling that hope for a comprehensive national energy plan is
evaporating even amid an environmental catastrophe fueled by our
destructive oil addiction. It has never been more urgent or important
for our country to demand a clean energy future and an aggressive
climate change policy.

"Unfortunately, big polluters and their obstructionist allies in the
Senate have once again stood in the way of real progress by preventing
action on comprehensive energy legislation.

"The failure of the Senate to act means that we will continue to spend
$1 billion a day to buy oil from foreign suppliers--many hostile to our
way of life. China -- not America -- will continue to lead in wind and
solar energy innovation and enjoy the economic gains that could have
provided much-needed American jobs.

"We cannot, and will not, give up. We urge the Senate to use every
available opportunity to advance a meaningful climate policy that will
cut our dependence on oil, reduce pollution, create American jobs, and
protect our environment.

"We urge all Americans to let the Senate know that the time for
meaningful energy reform is now and that their tolerance for obstruction
and inaction is at an end."

Now in its second century, Audubon connects people with birds, nature and the environment that supports us all. Our national network of community-based nature centers, chapters, scientific, education, and advocacy programs engages millions of people from all walks of life in conservation action to protect and restore the natural world.