In response to this evening’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Vice President for Government Relations Todd Shelton:
“Tonight, President Obama celebrated some major steps toward protecting our planet for future generations, and also underscored how far we have yet to go. Climate change is now a national and global priority, and the President announced he intends to double-down on his efforts to combat it. His work to rein in power plant emissions and to secure an ambitious international climate agreement in Paris has laid the foundation for his climate legacy. To secure it, he must ensure the United States delivers on its Paris commitments.
“Average citizens, businesses, and governments are on a far better path to tackling the climate crisis than when President Obama first took office. Nearly every nation is now working to meet domestic emissions reduction targets and looking for new ways to close the gap between current pledges and the greater efforts the rapidly changing climate demands. But the work to ensure a more secure future for the U.S. and the planet is just beginning. In his remaining months, we look to the President to use all available tools to close the emissions gap, including new partnerships with other nations that are stepping up to meet the global climate threat.
“Now more than ever, the country needs leaders from across the political spectrum who are prepared to build on the recent progress we’ve seen on the climate and the environment. Over the coming year, the Administration should continue to accelerate our transition to a low-carbon economy, embrace opportunities to foster economic growth through clean energy, and move aggressively to protect precious natural areas like America’s Arctic, not sacrificing them to oil and gas drilling. That way, President Obama will ensure his vision lives on for this and future generations of Americans.”