LCV Statements on the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis’ Report

Contact: Emily Samsel, emily_samsel@lcv.org, 828-713-9647

Washington, D.C. — In response to the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis’ release of their “Case for Climate Action,” the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statements from LCV Board Chair, Former EPA Administrator, and Former Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy Carol M. Browner and LCV President Gene Karpinski:

“We are at the crossroads of what Vice President Joe Biden calls a ‘perfect storm’ of crises threatening our nation – the challenges of a global pandemic, an economic catastrophe, the national reckoning of environmental and racial justice, and the unyielding threat of climate change,” said Carol M. Browner, LCV Board Chair, Former EPA Administrator, and Former Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy. “Now is the time for solutions that will create the clean energy economy and jobs we need and the path toward a just and fair recovery that protects our health, cuts pollution and grows the economy. The Senate Special Committee on the Climate Crisis report is a blueprint for actions we can take to address the climate crisis.”

“Thanks to Chair Schatz and members of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee for this roadmap for climate solutions that builds on the release of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis’ comprehensive climate action plan, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s historic $2 trillion climate and environmental justice plan, and all of the momentum for climate action at the Democratic National Convention. As wildfires and heat waves rage in the West, the Midwest recovers from a devastating derecho, and the East Coast is hit with extreme storms, this Case for Climate Action has never been more urgent,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “The coronavirus pandemic continues to expose deep injustices in our country and we must confront them head on. Congress now has a framework to set our country on a path towards a just and equitable clean energy future with safe, healthy communities and economic opportunity for all. ”

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