WASHINGTON, DC - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Gene Karpinski issued this statement following a key Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee's passage of Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Senator John Warner's (R-VA) global warming legislation, America's Climate Security Act (S.2191):
"Today marks a good first step toward doing what the Bush Administration has refused to do: help get our country on track to curb global warming.
We have the innovation and know-how we need to address this challenge, but our leaders must act quickly and decisively before it's too late. Our actions today will dictate what kind of world we leave future generations: We simply must get it right.
We applaud Senators Lieberman and Warner for bringing this bill for consideration by the committee. We also applaud Chairman Boxer for her continued commitment to pass a strong, bi-partisan bill out of the committee this year. We also thank Senator Sanders for offering a number of amendments aiming to address our key concerns.
While the bill passed today by the Committee is a welcome first step, it is important that the final bill reflect the emissions reductions targets that science dictates we must meet to prevent the worst effects of global warming. We look forward to working toward further improvements in the bill as it moves through the process including stronger reduction targets and a quicker move to 100 percent auction.
We also urge the Senate and the House to pass legislation that includes vehicle fuel efficiency and renewable electricity standards, which, along with an economy wide cap-and-trade bill will help meet the global warming pollution reductions required to help our country secure a brighter future."
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.