Statement on President Obama's State of the Union Address

Feb 24, 2009

By David Moulton,  Climate and Conservation Funding Director

"We are greatly encouraged that, in his first address to Congress tonight, President Obama continued to stress his commitment to addressing global climate change — a looming, long-term, and potentially catastrophic threat to America’s economy, national security, and environment.

"Limiting carbon emissions, moving away from dependence on fossil fuels, and investing in clean, renewable sources of energy will be critical if we are to repower and rebuild America to ensure that the state of our union remains strong long into the future. President Obama’s commitment to making the U.S. a world leader on climate change is a refreshing and hopeful shift. The team he has put in place in the White House and the federal agencies is well-positioned to implement the President’s ambitious climate goals. We hope that Congress will put aside partisan squabbling and help him enact an economy-wide cap on the emissions of carbon pollution. As the President pointed out, it will not be easy. But it will be good for the economy. It will be good for jobs. And it is essential if we want to leave our country a better place for future generations."