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WWF: Senate Bills a Strong Start on Congressional Climate Action

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Lou Leonard, WWF’s head of climate change, in response to legislation introduced today by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.):

“During Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Obama called on the Congress to strongly respond to the climate crisis. It is encouraging to see Senators Sanders and Boxer take up this challenge. The legislation introduced today seeks to tackle two of the most important issues facing our nation: the need to protect our citizens from the devastating impacts of climate change and the need to invest in the clean energy to power America’s economy.

“At a time when Americans are demanding action on climate change, these bills provide the type of leadership and market-based solutions that our country needs. By putting a price on carbon from the biggest polluters, investing in clean energy sources, and improving energy efficiency, this legislation would reduce the risks and exorbitant costs our nation faces from climate change impacts. At the same time, it will drive job growth in the renewable energy sector and generate $1.2 trillion to reduce our national debt over the next ten years. And by returning more than half of the revenues it generates back to consumers, this bill also ensures polluters are the ones who will pay if they don’t clean up their act.

“Fighting climate change will take a global response. So we hope that this legislation will ultimately include stronger provisions to ensure that the United States can meet its international commitments to assist developing countries in their efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change and its impacts. These investments will grow future markets for clean technologies, continue our long-standing investments in protecting forests and biodiversity, and help the most vulnerable among us prepare for the risks of our warming world.”

“Building on President Obama’s renewed commitment to tackling climate change, we hope this legislation kick-starts long-overdue Congressional action to help solve this crisis.”

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