NEW YORK (January 7, 2013)–In a letter released today, WEDO joined nearly 70 national and regional organizations to thank President Obama for repeatedly raising the threat of climate change and to highlight specific actions he can take after his second inauguration to promote a truly healthy planet for our families and our future. As reiterated in WEDO’s piece on Hurricane Sandy, climate change is happening now, it is our new normal. Failure to take leadership on this issue is simply not an option.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released the letter on behalf of health, environmental, environmental justice, conservation and public advocacy groups calling on the president to take three direct steps to address the deepening climate crisis. They noted: “It is the great challenge of our time and our response will leave an historic legacy.”
The steps are: to continue elevating the problem of climate change and its solutions before the American public; to use existing Clean Air Act authority to reduce dangerous carbon emissions, particularly from existing power plants; and to reject dirty fuels, beginning with disapproving the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
The full text of the letter and is signatories can be downloaded here: “You have the power and the support you need to tackle the climate crisis.”
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