League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement regarding Climate Crisis Action Day:
"Today thousands of concerned citizens from across the country are gathering in front of the U.S. Capitol building to personally deliver one clear message to Congress and the President: global warming is real and the American people want their leaders in Washington to take quick action to address global warming.
While the challenge of global warming is great, so too are the opportunities presented by the most viable solutions. By investing in clean renewable energy, we can reduce our dangerous dependence on oil while creating new jobs and curbing global warming pollution.
Through harnessing American ingenuity and know-how we can solve global warming while protecting our most beautiful wild places such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but we must get started immediately to prevent irreversible damage.
We applaud the thousands who came to Washington today to make their voices heard. We also applaud Senators Boxer, Kerry and Sanders and Representatives Markey, Ramstad and Waxman for their leadership and commitment to Congressional action.
We look forward to working with Congress to help solve the challenge of our generation by getting our country on track to seriously reduce global warming pollution by two percent each year - which will lead to the 80 percent reductions scientists are calling for by 2050."