President Obama Outlines Plan to Tackle Global Warming

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Bruce Ratain

State of the Union Response

Environment Illinois

Chicago—Tonight, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address. Bruce Ratain, State Policy Associate for Environment Illinois, responded with the following statement:

“President Obama backed up his bold words on global warming from his inaugural address with clean energy solutions that will pave the way towards a cleaner, healthier future.

“The President affirmed clear imperatives: we must protect our children, and preserve the climate we pass on to them.

“From Hurricane Sandy to the worst drought since the Dust Bowl, far too many Americans have already been affected by extreme weather events that scientists warn will grow more common and more severe unless we take action to tackle global warming pollution now.

“We applaud the President’s focus; we must cut carbon pollution that’s fueling global warming, rein in our energy use by making our homes and businesses more efficient, and ramp up our production of truly clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar power.

“Americans have been asking for leadership on global warming. Clean energy solutions, like cutting our energy waste in half and expanding renewable energy, as the president outlined, are critical pieces of the puzzle. We are also counting on the president to clean up carbon pollution from power plants, which will help the United States fulfill its obligation to future generations.

“We look forward to working with the Obama administration to implement and expand upon the president’s plan to address global warming, as outlined tonight in his State of the Union address.”