Statement in advance of the State of the Union Address by President Obama

Jan 27, 2010

“Tonight the President is expected to urge the Congress to act to protect the public health by capping the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The President should be applauded for remaining steadfast in his support of protecting the public against the shameful dumping of global warming pollution into the atmosphere, harming people, threatening our water supplies, wildlands and wildlife, perpetuating dependence on fossil fuels, and undermining the transition to a clean energy economy.

“Right now the pundits seem to think that the Senate will side with the polluters and the dumpers by standing pat. Yet there is strong public support for acting to put our energy future on a sustainable path for our children and their children. Our communities want the jobs that the “just say no” caucus is letting slip away to countries far from our shores. We need to preserve our natural heritage that could otherwise wither in a warming world.

“There is a bipartisan way forward on a comprehensive climate and energy package, as Senators Graham and Collins are working to demonstrate with the help of Senate leaders. Senate paralysis is a polluter’s dream. We urge each Senator to exercise his or her consience in favor of protecting the public health. Only the special interests benefit from keeping the Union in a state of bickering while we could be solving a potentially catastrophic environmental problem.”

Statement by David Moulton, Director of Climate Policy at The Wilderness Society and former Chief Counsel of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming

Note: David Moulton is available for interview before and after the State of the Union at 202-264-0190 or david_moulton@tws.org.