WASHINGTON, DC - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement in reaction to the release of Senator Barack Obama's comprehensive new energy plan:
“Senator Barack Obama has put forward an aggressive plan that would point America in the right direction toward a clean, renewable energy future, reduce greenhouse gas pollution and reverse the disastrous policies of the current Administration.
By embracing a mandatory cap-and-trade program, the Obama energy plan would provide incentives to cut production of carbon dioxide and other pollutants that cause global warming. In addition, because this program is a 100% auction, this system will generate significant revenues for reinvestment in job-creating, clean energy industries. And by aggressively pushing efficiency measures, this comprehensive plan targets the fastest and cheapest ways to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Senator Obama's goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% below 1990 levels by the year 2050 is in line with where science tells us we need to be to avoid the worst effects of global warming.
With the Obama plan in place, America would boldly regain its footing as a world leader in environmental protection and clean, renewable energy production.”
The nonprofit League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is the independent political voice for the environment.
To secure the environmental future of our planet, LCV's mission is to advocate for sound environmental policies
and to elect pro-environmental candidates who will adopt and implement such policies.