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Kerry: Bush Announcement "Happy Talk" Must Be Matched With Action

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Location: Washington, DC


Sen. John Kerry issued the following statement today, in response to President Bush's announcement that he was ordering several federal agencies to issue new rules to deal with air pollution.

"I'm happy any time the President stands in the Rose Garden and issues executive orders to protect the environment, after he's spent seven years using his office to roll back environmental progress. I appreciate the words, but Americans deserve action," Kerry said. "None of these plans have the finality of legislation, and any of these goals could be jeopardized by typical bureaucratic stalling. We need guaranteed improvements in fuel economy rather than happy talk about interagency collaboration.

"President Bush should strongly endorse legislation that would accomplish the goal of cutting carbon emissions and reducing our dependence on foreign oil, instead of standing in the way. We should mandate firm increases in fuel economy standards of at least 35 mpg by 2020. This is a real, important and immediate step to turn words into action. Most importantly, President Bush should send a strong message to the members of his party's 'flat-earth caucus' to finally acknowledge that global climate change is scientific reality and that our oil dependence is making the problem worse."

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