U.S. Rep. Mark Udall Joins Bipartisan Effort to Regulate Carbon Dioxide Emissions From Power Plants
(Washington, D.C.) - Colorado Congressman Mark Udall (D-CO) released the following statement regarding his co-sponsorship of "The Climate Stewardship Act of 2004," which was unveiled at a bipartisan Capitol Hill news conference today:
"We were all disappointed by President Bush's decision not to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Kyoto Protocol. But we know now we must move forward to address climate change outside of the Kyoto Protocol.
"In rejecting the Kyoto Protocol, I believe the Bush administration has a responsibility to build an alternative, but it hasn't done so. So Congress stepped in last year to act where the Administration had not. Sen. McCain and Sen. Lieberman worked hard to build a consensus on legislation now known as the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act. And now today, we're here to celebrate the introduction of its companion in the House.
"There are so many reasons to support the Climate Stewardship Act. There is a clear scientific consensus. And even if we were only 99% certain that human activities are contributing to global warming, that doesn't mean that we should NOT act in the interim. The reason we must act now is that the likely future impacts from climate change are devastating. Even now, we are seeing the impacts in the form of disease and malnutrition.
"Not only is there scientific consensus, but there is also consensus on the part of the American people. A recent poll shows that 75% of Americans support the Climate Stewardship Act. We must not view taking action against global warming as bringing doom and gloom, as some do. Making the right choices about how to address climate change can lead to new technological developments and American jobs and a strengthened economy. The cost of implementing this legislation is not prohibitive, as its detractors claim. And it could even help to decrease natural gas prices.
"We need a plan of action so that we can work with our global allies who are already fighting the climate change fight and so that we can reclaim our rightful position as the world's environmental leader."