WASHINGTON, DC - League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement applauding the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for passing America’s Climate Security Act.
"Passing America's Climate Security Act out of committee and to the full Senate marks an important step toward achieving comprehensive global warming legislation.
We applaud Senators Lieberman and Warner for their bi-partisan work to bring this bill forward. We also applaud Chairman Boxer for her leadership throughout this process to get a bill to the full Senate. We also thank the members of the full committee for strengthening the bill by adding a low carbon fuel standard and for fending off a barrage of weakening amendments.
We would like to thank several other members of the committee in particular – including Senators Clinton, Sanders, Cardin, Lautenberg and Whitehouse – for voting to strengthen the bill with key amendments that would have created 100% auction of allowances and would bring total reductions of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 2005 levels by 2050. While neither of these amendments passed, they help set the agenda for strides we can make on the Senate floor.
It is exciting that the full Senate now has the opportunity to engage in this critical debate and we will continue to work closely with the sponsors and with leadership to continue to strengthen the bill as it moves to the Senate floor for consideration.”
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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.
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