Today Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) announced a partnership between both chambers of Congress to push for and defend stronger federal policies that will address pollution causing climate change.
The U.S. Capitol building. (USDA)
In his inaugural address President Obama underscored the obligation we have to not just ourselves but to all posterity to respond to the threat of climate change, thereby elevating this vital issue to a top-level priority for his second term.
The following is a statement from Marty Hayden, Earthjustice Vice President for Policy & Legislation:
"In his second inaugural address, the President elevated the need to act on climate change as a clear priority for his administration over the next four years. We commend Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse for stepping up to support the President and keep our nation focused on this problem and its solutions.
"Ultimately, our nation’s citizens, coasts, forests, waterways and wildlife are all at stake. The longer we wait to meaningfully address the problem, the more the American people and future generations will suffer. Again, we applaud these Congressional leaders for seizing this moment and we look forward to working together with them and the Administration on solutions."
Raviya Ismail, Earthjustice, (202) 745-5221
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