WASHINGTON, D.C – League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski huddled today on Capitol Hill with Senator Barbara Boxer and leaders from several environmental organizations to discuss plans for strengthening the Climate Security Act of 2007.
"This Congress received a mandate for a new direction in no small part because the American people were frustrated by a lack of leadership on energy policy by the previous Congress," Karpinski at the event. "Last year it took the first step toward fulfilling that mandate by raising CAFE standards. Now, in the face of an economy dragged down by $100-plus per barrel crude, record oil company profits and a growing recognition of the need for immediate action on global warming, 2008 will be a year when the American people expect more. The best thing members of Congress can do this year -- for the future of the planet, consumers, and the economy, not to mention their own reelection -- is to support a strong global warming bill that achieves the emissions reductions the science shows are necessary."