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Statement on President Obama's Climate Action Plan


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement on President Obama's Climate Action Plan:

"Today President Obama announced a new Climate Action Plan. The plan lays the groundwork for executive actions to come in the months and years ahead to reduce carbon emissions, address climate change, and help put the United States in position to lead the global clean energy revolution.

"Our country is at a climate crossroads. The policies being advocated by the House Republican majority will push us to the brink of irreversible climate change in the very near future. Strong action is needed to protect public health and the environment.

"I applaud the President for his goal of significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions from both new and existing coal-fired power plants, expanding energy savings and efficiency efforts, and working toward emissions reductions standards for heavy-duty vehicles. Combined with his earlier actions to limit emissions of dangerous toxins -- like mercury -- from power plants and to almost double fuel economy standards, this constitutes the boldest climate change action from any Presidential Administration in history. Those policies have and will continue to spur good job growth, promote public health, and help us to leave behind a thriving planet for our children and grandchildren.

"I believe Congress has a responsibility to help by first accepting the irrefutable science of climate change and then passing comprehensive climate change legislation. The Administration should also reject the Keystone XL Pipeline application, which would commit the United States to three decades of production of the dirtiest oil on the planet. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), I look forward to working with my colleagues and the President to build on today's visionary announcement."

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