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Congressional Sea Change Needn’t Swamp Environmental Progress

WASHINGTON - National Audubon Society President & CEO David Yarnold Urges Bipartisan Cooperation to Protect the Environment

 “Americans may have voted for change in Congress, but no one voted to increase pollution. 

“Senators should use their lame duck session to dedicate Clean Water
Act fines paid by BP to the immediate restoration of America’s Gulf
Coast.  After reporting a 1.8 billion dollar profit for the last
quarter, BP cannot be allowed to stick taxpayers with the bill for its
disaster.  Senators can also ensure that the Land and Water
Conservation Fund receives full funding.  These vital steps will
demonstrate bipartisan cooperation at a time when it is needed more than
ever.

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“The new Congress can also realistically defend America from the
risk of diminished air quality by opposing efforts to block EPA
enforcement of the Clean Air Act.

“Passage of a nationwide renewable energy standard can still fuel
new cooperation after the new Congress convenes in January.  Other
climate legislation may face a tough road ahead, but a nationwide
renewable energy standard that puts us on a clean energy path can still
make a dent in our energy use and climate-altering emissions. 

 “Audubon stands ready to respond by focusing conservation and
environmental protection efforts at the state, community and individual
level.  The election of 2010 brought a sea change to Congress, but our
grassroots supporters are committed to ensuring it doesn’t swamp the
chances for progress toward a healthy planet for birds, wildlife and
people everywhere.”

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