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While Applauding Members of U.S. Climate Action Partnership, LCV Laments Inadequacy of Coalition's Proposal

Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or January 16, 2009  

WASHINGTON, DC - In response to today’s global warming proposal from the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, League of Conservation Voters Legislative Director Tiernan Sittenfeld issued the following statement:

“LCV applauds these companies and organizations for working to curb global warming pollution.  Their participation in this proposal confirms that stimulating economic growth and putting an end to global warming go hand in hand.

“While this proposal brings new allies to the fight against global warming, its specifics fall short.  Even as this group put its plan together, new scientific evidence indicated that we must reduce global warming pollution faster and more significantly then the plan proposes.  As President-elect Obama called for, 100% of the carbon permits issued under a cap and trade system should be auctioned, both to raise funds for investment in new, clean sources of energy and to offset energy costs for consumers.

“Despite the inadequacies of this specific proposal, LCV welcomes these companies to the effort to solve this challenge.  With science, voters, and business all calling for action on global warming, the government will have an undeniable mandate to act.  We look forward to working with Congress, the Administration, business, and our allies in the environmental movement to rebuild our economy by putting Americans to work against the threat of global warming.” 

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