WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, Margie Alt, executive director of Environment America, delivered the following statement:
“Severe drought in California is just the most recent example of the steep price Americans and the planet are already paying for global warming.
“We applaud the president’s commitment to cutting carbon pollution from power plants – the largest sources – as well as his leadership in cutting carbon pollution from cars and doubling the production of wind and solar power.
“It is clear from his speech and his actions that President Obama has no intention of looking his children or perhaps someday his grandchildren in the eyes and telling them he failed to act when faced with the greatest environmental challenge of our time.
“In addition, the President’s pledge to protect more of the nation’s pristine lands is both appreciated today and will certainly be a boon to all our families’ future.
“Unfortunately the President’s and the nation’s continued embrace of oil and gas ensure that we will continue to create the pollution that fuels global warming threatening our health and our environment.
“Beyond the climate impacts, dangerous oil and gas drilling known as ‘fracking’ has contaminated drinking water, made nearby families sick with air pollution, turned forest acres into industrial zones, and has no place in a clean energy future for America.
“This country needs, and our families deserve, a truly clean energy future. We look forward to working with the President to enact his climate action plan and to get the nation on track for a 100 percent renewable energy future.”