Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after President Obama unveiled his “Climate Action Plan” to combat climate change, reduce harmful emissions, and move America forward to a clean energy future:
“President Obama’s comprehensive strategy to confront climate change and carbon pollution is a necessary, critical step forward that will strengthen our economy, create jobs at home, protect children’s health, and save money for consumers, businesses, and taxpayers. This ‘Climate Action Plan’ is central to promoting American-made energy and to keeping America number one in innovation and clean energy.
“The President’s agenda is focused on a top priority for our country: protecting the health and well-being of our children and families. That means limiting dangerous carbon pollution from both new and existing power plants. That means advancing energy efficiency and increasing renewable energy on public lands. That means pursuing bold American leadership worldwide, recognizing that the devastating effects of climate change are not bound by any set of borders.
“With the Obama Administration taking the lead, now is the time for Congress to act. Whether Democrat or Republican, no Member of Congress can afford to ignore the droughts, wildfires, and storms growing in intensity and decimating our communities each year. None of us can ignore the increase in childhood asthma or deny basic science simply to protect the bottom line of Big Oil. We must enact far-reaching legislation to cut pollution, expand clean energy jobs, boost our economy, and address the challenge of climate change once and for all.”