House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Barack Obama's speech on the need to take action to address climate change:
"As Americans have witnessed the increasing frequency of deadly storms like Hurricane Sandy and the stifling heat that has led to devastating droughts, there can be no denying the impact of climate change on our environment, our economy, and our national security. The plan put forward by President Obama this afternoon demonstrates our nation's commitment to taking our climate and energy future into our own hands by investing in innovative, advanced-energy technologies while placing sensible limits on carbon pollution and preparing our communities for the impacts of a changing climate.
"The President's framework for halting and reversing climate change embraces an all-of-the-above energy policy that reduces our dependence on foreign energy sources, achieves energy savings that will benefit consumers, and allows us to produce more of our energy at home. By setting higher emissions standards for new and existing power plants and investing in clean energy development, we can keep our air and water clean while encouraging the growth of jobs in advanced manufacturing.
"Our nation can still lead the world in addressing our global climate challenges, and I applaud the President's commitment to strengthening U.S. leadership in this critical area. I hope the Congress can take its own steps in the coming months to supplement these executive actions with legislation to help us fund and support these initiatives and help America lead a smart, science-based response to climate change around the world."