Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after President Obama announced new actions to combat climate change, including regulation of carbon pollution from power plants.
"I applaud President Obama for acting to take on our most pressing global challenge. Already we are beginning to see the devastating effects of climate change. In Oregon, we have suffered from historic wildfires, ocean acidification that threatens the livelihoods of oyster farmers, and three terrible droughts in the Klamath Basin since 2001. Further inaction is unacceptable.
"Taking on the carbon pollution produced by power plants is by far the most significant action President Obama can take to curb catastrophic climate change for future generations. He is absolutely right to include it in his plans today, and I urge his administration to act without delay to take action on new carbon rules and other key ideas, like energy efficiency improvements for buildings and deploying more clean energy."