WASHINGTON, DC - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement regarding presidential candidate Bill Richardson's plan to combat global warming:
"The League of Conservation Voters applauds Governor Richardson for proposing an aggressive plan for America's energy future while dramatically curbing greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.
Of all the candidates’ plans to date, Richardson sets the highest goals for reducing global warming pollution and increasing production from renewable energy sources. His is the first plan to call for at least a 20 percent reduction in global warming pollution by the year 2020, and a 90 percent reduction by mid-century. The Richardson plan also calls for a national renewable electricity standard of 30 percent by 2020 and 50 by 2040.
Above and beyond the details of the plan, Governor Richardson has issued a generational challenge to all Americans -- businesses, individuals, and the government -- to help place the U.S. at the forefront of the new energy economy. This plan, if adopted, would restore America's reputation as a leader in technology and science."