Statement on introduction of Natural Resources Climate Adaptation Act

Oct 27, 2009

Background:  Today, Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), with original cosponsor Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), introduced the Natural Resources Climate Adaptation Act of 2009 (S. 1933) to protect communities, public health, and the economy by safeguarding our treasured lands, water, and wildlife from the impacts of global warming.

Statement by David Moulton, Director of Climate Change Policy

The threat of climate change requires a fundamental shift in how we protect our land, our water, and our air. These natural resources are critical to our communities and our economies, and we need new strategies, new tools, and new investments if we hope to protect them in a warming world.

The legislation introduced by these visionary Senators signals the absolute necessity of addressing the impact of global warming on our forests, fields, and open spaces. The importance of Senator Bingaman’s contribution to this issue cannot be overstated.  As the Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, charged by his fellow senators with responsibility for our natural resources, he has shown he is willing to move mountains to protect mountains – and all the other great natural areas that define the American landscape and preserve our clean air, water and public health. It is also notable that Senator Whitehouse, whose coastal state of Rhode Island is already feeling the effects of climate change, has taken a leadership role on this critical issue.

Moreover, Chairman Baucus of the Finance Committee, Senator Kerry of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Boxer of the Environment and Public Works Committee are now all united in their determination to establish a national strategy to address the impacts of climate change on our natural resources.  We look forward to working closely with this powerful combination to ensure that strong natural resource protections are included in the Clean Energy Jobs bill with dedicated resources adequate to meeting this challenge.”