WASHINGTON, DC - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Gene Karpinski issued this statement following Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Senator John Warner's (R-VA) introduction of America’s Climate Security Act:
"Today's introduction of America's Climate Security Act marks an important step by this Congress to address the urgent problem of global warming. We applaud Senators Joe Lieberman and John Warner for their leadership and for their bipartisan commitment to moving America closer to real solutions to this very urgent problem.
The challenge of global warming is great - and the political will grows stronger every day to address it. Our response to solving this challenge will dictate what kind of world we leave our children and it is critical that we get it right. We commend Senators Lieberman and Warner for their continued willingness to improve key provisions of the legislation to move us closer to where science tells us we need to be.
We look forward to working with Senators Lieberman and Warner, as well as Chairman Boxer and the rest of the members of the Environment and Public Works Committee, to strengthen this bill as it moves forward. Specifically, we will continue to work to increase the reduction targets and the sectors covered in both the near and long term. We will also work to significantly increase the amount of allowances toward our goal of 100 percent auction, while ensuring that the auction revenues go to directly helping consumers, to increasing renewable energy and energy efficiency, and to helping impacted populations adapt to global warming both at home and abroad.
In the coming months we will also work closely with the House and the Senate to pass important energy 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.