League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement regarding presidential candidate John Edwards' plan to combat global warming:
"The League of Conservation Voters applauds Sen. John Edwards for taking the lead in announcing aggressive plans to combat global warming. Senator Edwards' key policy is to enact a cap that will achieve 80 percent reductions in emissions by mid-century, mirroring the Sanders-Boxer (S.309) bill in Congress.
Senator Edwards also calls for an aggressive energy efficiency plan that will meet all of America's growing energy needs, while requiring that a quarter of our nation's electricity is produced from renewables by 2025.
Senator Edwards' plan demonstrates that he understands the magnitude of the challenge before us and the need for bold leadership to meet it.
America can lead the world in developing the technologies and jobs of the new energy economy instead of outsourcing those opportunities to other countries. Forward-looking approaches will restore America's credibility abroad and make us leaders in the fight to combat global warming.
Senator Edwards has outlined the most comprehensive global warming plan of any presidential candidate to date. We look forward to other 2008 presidential candidates outlining their plans to address this pressing issue."