In response to today’s release of President Obama’s FY2014 budget, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Todd Shelton, vice president for U.S. government relations:
“In light of recent dramatic federal spending reductions, the President’s budget proposal is a pragmatic approach to funding the federal government that protects discretionary spending priorities such as international climate change and conservation programs, while accounting for deficit reduction needs.
“Several elements of the budget show that the President plans to deliver on his promise to tackle climate change in his second term. Proposals that provide state governments with $200 million in support of local energy efficiency programs and make permanent the renewable energy production tax credit are a sign that the President intends to use the power of the White House to deliver climate leadership.
“WWF welcomes these new proposals and continued commitments that signal the President’s intent to combat climate change and preserve the environment. Overall, the budget reflects a determination to continue U.S. leadership on key climate change and conservation issues. WWF urges both the administration and Congress to prioritize environmental protection programs as they to work toward finalizing a budget for 2014.”
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