WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today as the UN 2009 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen gets underway and following the release of an “endangerment finding” by the Obama Administration declaring that greenhouse gas emissions pose a risk to public health and the environment:
“As world leaders gather in Copenhagen to map out a strategy for a cleaner, more energy-efficient future, there has never been greater momentum for change – or a stronger case for why it is so imperative. Today’s EPA announcement that greenhouse gas emissions pose a significant threat both to public health and the environment gives greater urgency to the need to act.
“The responsibility of the United States in this effort is great, and as the Conference convenes, we are engaged in the challenging process of modifying our energy policy in order to meet our clean energy goals. The American Clean Energy and Security Act passed by the House offers a clear strategy for our nation to invest in a new clean energy economy that creates jobs, reduces our dependence on foreign oil, and protects future generations from the harmful impacts of an increasing level of carbon emissions.
“We look forward to Senate action in the months ahead, and in the meantime, reaffirm our commitment to marshalling the American spirit of innovation to make the United States a leader on one of the greatest global challenges we have ever faced.”