For Immediate Release
President Obama Outlines Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution from
Power Plants and Address Climate Change
Leaders Applaud President for “backing up his strong words with strong action.”
June 25, 2013 – Washington, D. C.: Leaders from several top civic, progressive, environmental and public health organizations (listed below) today released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s plan of action to address climate change:
“We applaud President Obama for laying out a broad and common-sense plan for meeting our obligation to protect future generations from climate change. Americans are feeling the impacts of climate change already from destructive and deadly storms like Hurricane Sandy, to droughts, and wildfires. President Obama’s decision to take action to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants for the first time ever is particularly important since power plants are the largest unlimited source of carbon pollution and cleaning them up is key to protecting Americans from the impacts of climate change.
“The President is demonstrating leadership to reduce the pollution that fuels climate change and extreme weather, protect public health, and spur a rapid transition to clean, renewable energy. We applaud the president for moving to back up his strong words with strong action.
“President Obama’s plan puts us on the path to addressing climate change in ways that benefit the economy and gives industry flexibility to meet targets at the lowest possible cost. We thank President Obama for making climate change a priority and for taking action to cut carbon pollution from power plants.”
Margie Alt, Executive Director, Environment America
Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council
John Podesta, Chair, Center for American Progress
Trip Van Noppen, President, Earthjustice
Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club
Gene Karpinski, President, League of Conservation Voters
Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund
Elisabeth MacNamara, President, League of Women Voters of the United States