For Immediate Release
Statement by the Nature Conservancy Concerning the Executive Order Signed by Donald Trump Concerning Policies to Address Climate Change
The Nature Conservancy strongly supports actions to address climate change and that affirm the basic safeguards that protect our air, land and water from pollution. The executive order signed today on climate solutions and environmental protections takes us in the wrong direction.
ARLINGTON, VA. - The Nature Conservancy strongly supports actions to address climate change and that affirm the basic safeguards that protect our air, land and water from pollution. The executive order signed today on climate solutions and environmental protections takes us in the wrong direction.
Conservancy CEO Mark Tercek said, “The Nature Conservancy strongly supports continued US leadership in fulfilling the promises of the Paris Agreement, and believes that federal action, including a price on carbon, are essential to addressing the threats a changing climate poses to our economy, our communities, and natural systems.
“We also support the efforts of the many state governments that are encouraging the already strong demand for renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. Because of these efforts, many states are making significant progress towards reducing carbon pollution, but even greater efforts are needed and would benefit from national leadership. For example, federal fuel economy standards are essential in driving the development of technologies that lower fuel use, reduce automobile emissions, and save consumers money at the gas pump. The economic gains we stand to make if we stay committed to a low-carbon future are too significant to ignore."
“The very real losses to our economy and our community from ignoring climate impacts are considerable, but we’re also missing a substantial opportunity. These solutions bring with them more jobs, more innovation, more choices for consumers, cleaner air and water, and better health. These are benefits the American people want for themselves and for their families."
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