For Immediate Release
CEOs: Senate Obstruction of Climate Bill Sends Jobs to China, Dollars to Enemies, Increases Pollution At Home
Now is the Time for Comprehensive Approach to Energy and Climate Challenges, Groups Release Statement from 350+ Organizations Supporting Action
WASHINGTON - Top leaders from
several national organizations today said that the U.S. Senate's
inaction on climate and energy legislation will send more American jobs
to China, send more American dollars to hostile oil regimes, and leave
America with more pollution and no economic benefit from a new clean
energy economy. These leaders released a statement from more than 200
national and local organizations calling on action from the Senate on a
comprehensive clean energy and climate bill.
The call for action
from the Senate came during a national telephone news conference with
reporters to discuss the urgent need for the Senate and the Obama Administration to use every
opportunity available to address clean energy and climate reform. These leaders, among others, voiced growing frustration over the actions of
some Senators who are in the pocket of America's largest polluters - the
oil and coal industries. To listen to a recording of
today's telepresser, click the following link: here.
For months, a broad and
diverse coalition of Americans has echoed the need for immediate action
on a clean energy and climate bill. More than three months into the
worst industry-caused environmental catastrophe in our history, after
the deadliest coal mining disaster in 40 years, and while sweating
through the hottest first six months of any year on record, there's
never been a clearer or more obvious case for the Senate to move forward
with a comprehensive clean energy and climate bill.
"Kicking the can down
the road is irresponsible when the harsh impacts of climate change are
so clear," said Kevin Knobloch, president of the Union of Concerned
Scientists. "The heat waves that are occurring around the country -- and
have killed people -- are likely to become more severe if we allow
global warming emissions to continue unabated."
"Big Oil, Big Coal and
their army of lobbyists and partners in Congress have blocked the Senate
from taking action on this vital issue," said Peter Lehner, Executive
Director of the National Resources Defense Council. "At every turn, a
minority in the Senate chose obstruction over working with their
colleagues to find solutions to America's energy and national security
needs. Their behavior will only maintain the status quo and cost our
"It is wrong that
America's biggest polluters prevented the Senate from enacting
common-sense policies to reduce carbon pollution, invest in clean
energy, and ultimately create good-paying clean energy jobs to put
Americans back to work," said Maggie L. Fox, President and CEO of The
Alliance for Climate Protection. "We need courage and greater leadership
from the U.S. Congress and President Obama to ensure that future
environmental disasters, health hazards, and missed opportunities to
create clean energy jobs will not occur."
disappointing that Big Oil, Dirty Coal and their allies in Congress have
blocked the Senate for now from creating a clean energy economy that
creates jobs, makes America more energy independent and protects the
planet," said LCV President Gene Karpinski. "The twin challenges of
building a clean energy economy and addressing global warming are too
important to fail. Now is the time for real leadership from our elected
officials to ensure the fight continues to transition our nation to a
cleaner, more secure energy future."
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